The tricycle ban has happened at the wrong time as it could spread the Coronavirus.
The whole world at the moment is worried about the spread of the Coronavirus and it is very worrying in the Philippines as it is so close to China where the outbreak started.
At the time of writing this article, there have been 89,006 reported cases of the Coronavirus worldwide 3,044 deaths and in the Philippines 638 patients have been tested suspected of having the Coronavirus.
How the Coronavirus spreads
The World Health Organization has the below details of how it is spread on their website.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
So how could the tricycle ban help it spread?
As you can see above the World Health Organization says it is important to stay more than one metre away from a person that is sick.
The tricycle ban leaves millions of Filipinos with no choice but to use Jeepneys which are already overcrowded with people stuffed in like sardines, it is a perfect condition for the Coronavirus to spread to many people.
It would only take one infected person to sneeze or cough on a jeepney for the infection to spread to 8 or 9 other people that are all sat within 1 metre of the infected person.
A Scenario that could happen
A person is showing signs of the Coronavirus so they need to go to a hospital, maybe they live along a national highway, or the hospital is along the national highway, or the route to the hospital is via a national highway.
If they do not have any transport of their own the sensible thing to do would get a tricycle to the hospital as that would reduce being close to other people and the risk of spreading it. They could get a tricycle direct from their house to the hospital. However, they can’t because of the DILG Tricycle ban.
So their only choice is to get a Jeepney or maybe two jeepneys depending on the route.
While they are in the jeepney they could be spreading the virus to others, the number infected could be into double figures just because they could not get a tricycle to the hospital.
So now is not the time for DILG to ban tricycles.