Here’s another COVID-19 mind bender for public health officials with winter on the doorstep: How do you keep public transit riders safe from the elements — and socially distanced amid a pandemic?

That dichotomy hit Travis Weidman in late October.

“As I stood at the Metra station in Crystal Lake waiting to get on the train, myself and several others were packed nearly shoulder to shoulder under the shelter because of the cold temperatures and high winds,” the Union Pacific Northwest Line regular said.

“This is seemingly a significant risk to not just my own health but the health of other commuters.”

As COVID-19 cases and positivity rates break records in Illinois, huddling with strangers for warmth definitely is not what health experts advise.

Picture Source: Travis Weidman

SOURCE ( Marni Pyke /Daily Herald)