Transportation of COVID-19 Patients After Hospital Discharge
The CDC recommends taking the following safety precautions when transporting COVID-19 patients in personal vehicles.
Wear respiratory protection
- Wear a mask.
- Driver should wear a mask.
- Patient should wear a mask.
- If available, patient should wear a face shield.
Limit close contact
- The passenger should sit as far away as possible from the driver.
- The bigger the vehicle, the better, to allow distancing. Vans are better than cars since they allow for better distancing between the passenger and driver.
- Travel with windows open or use the vehicle’s vents for fresh air circulation.
- Avoid picking up other passengers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean and disinfect the vehicle after transporting passengers who are suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19.
- Follow cleaning and disinfection procedures every time.
- Doors and windows should remain open when cleaning the vehicle.
- When cleaning and disinfecting, wear disposable gloves that are meant to be used with the cleaning products as well as a mask.
- Wear a disposable gown, if available.
- After cleaning
- Remove gloves and throw them in the trash.
- Wash your hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- If you did not wear a disposable gown, wash clothes worn during cleaning and disinfecting using the hottest water setting and dry them completely.
- Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
- Make sure that you remove any cleaning residue (film) from the vehicle before transporting anyone else.