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CDC Encourages People To Drive Solo Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

As per a recent news release, CDC reportedly wants people to drive solo in order to avoid any coronavirus transmission. The new guidelines were then met with backlash and criticism since it means significantly increasing traffic congestion alongside a surge of carbon emission.

CDC Wants People To Drive Solo, Sparking Backlash Over Emission And Traffic Congestion

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released major guidelines on how offices in the U.S. should function again as states reopen and people start coming back to work amid the pandemic – including advice that essentially turns years of public policy guidance on how people should commute to work on its head.

This is because, according to the CDC, people should not carpool or take public transportation in order to get to work, but rather drive solo if it’s feasible. The CDC then advised corporations to provide incentives to employees who will follow this new guideline.

Naturally, the new guidelines sparked concerns over the fact that this would result in even more traffic congestion on the part of commuters, all while the cars themselves would lead to a surge in carbon emissions that would worsen the climate crisis that we are currently facing.

“Promoting private vehicle use as public health strategy is like prescribing sugar to reduce tooth decay,” Lawrence Frank, University of British Columbia urban planning and public health professor, said.

These problems would even become significantly worse if residents continue to abandon their city homes in order to live in less populated suburbs, which is a trend that is being observed in the U.S., caused by the coronavirus.

“The level of vehicle dependence created by urban sprawl is a primary cause of [carbon] emissions and climate change, which has arguably even larger threats to life. Air pollution from car dependent development and commuting is a primary source of diabetes and heart disease,” he said.

Right now, experts believe that it’s still unclear what public transport and commuting will look like once the states fully reopen. However, data already shows that an increasing number of people are turning to driving cars.

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