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Safe At The Pump

May 5, 2020, 12:00 am

Friends and family members have probably warned you about them, but just like groceries, filling up the tank is inevitable for drivers. Can you get coronavirus from a gas pump?

It’s a claim that garnered a lot of attention over the past few weeks, and it’s taken a while to get good, hard facts. Much like many high-touch places, the gas pump and the keypads associated with it are certainly vectors for COVID-19. While it is not as likely to spread the virus as quickly as direct contact, or from droplets spread from sneezing and coughing, experts believe particles can survive on gas pumps for hours or even multiple days. 

Luckily, it’s easy to stay safe by taking many of the same precautions you’d take in any social situation. First, consider pocketing a few disinfectant wipes and using them on all surfaces you’ll touch. If you can’t bring those along, grab a piece of paper towel from the windshield wiper bin to use as a barrier between your hand and those same surfaces. Worst case, try to cover your hand with your sleeve and then remove that piece of clothing, and certainly keep it away from your face. 

As always, wash your hands thoroughly once you’re home, and be especially mindful of any doorknobs or things you’ve touched after pumping gas. The amount of time the virus can live on different surfaces varies widely depending on the material, but assume that anything that could be contaminated has the virus for up to two days. That might be overly cautious, but it’s a good rule of thumb. Treat those surfaces, including your car door handles, truck latch, steering wheel, and shifter to a generous wipe-down with a disinfectant wipe after every trip away from home. 

These practices should be a part of your routine until such guidelines are reduced by your local or state governments.

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