Transportation in Kenya: The weak link in the fight against COVID-19

In Nairobi, about 42% of daily commuters walk, 48% ride a matatu, 5% commute by private car, and the remaining 5% use other modes (Salon and Gulyani, 2019).

In Nairobi, about 42% of daily commuters walk, 48% ride a matatu, 5% commute by private car, and the remaining 5% use other modes (Salon and Gulyani, 2019). The exact mode of spread of COVID-19 is a subject of debate among experts. It is believed that COVID-19 particles probably do not persist in the air in the same way flu particles do, so, people need to be in closer contact with each other to catch it. It is felt that being within two meters of an infected person for more than 15 minutes could expose someone to great risk of infection.

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