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How dangerous is driving on the interstate?

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    Posted: May 16 2020 at 1:19am

I wanted to make a 1000 mile drive from the Washington DC area to Northern Wisconsin. Realistically, what would my likelihood of getting sick be, if I drove straight through and didn't stop at any hotels or rest areas? The town I wanted to visit is very rural, only 7 covid cases in the entire county so far. But, I'd have to drive past several major cities on the way up. 

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If I had to do such a drive, I would be sure to stop for gas in a rural area and not in a big city.  Even then I would be cautious, wearing a mask and maybe gloves.  Cleaning up well afterwords.  

The biggest danger though, is going to be bathrooms.  Flushing can spread droplets in the air and you won’t know when was the last time someone flushed.  1,000 miles is a long way to go without a bathroom.  I am not sure how to handle that problem.


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These are becoming pretty popular right now. A 5 gal. bucket will suffice instead of that contraption.

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Just use commonsense - sanitize after you touch anything, take all the food and drink you'll need, socially distance and mask up around others and you'll be fine. Good luck going 1000 miles without using a bathroom - I'd be lucky to make it through the first hour  



 

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I have read that major rest areas...the bathroom facilities are closed. They are finding bottles of urine and mounds of......well you know what....behind and around the facilities...I know...YUCK

When my niece (who is pregnant) and her hubby left NYC to stay with her mother,  he pumped gas with disposable gloves and they went to  the restroom on the side of the road in the bushes. No other stops- and they drove early in the morning, leaving at 3 am.

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