For the past five years, Viola Ryding and Helen Gustafsson have been running a traffic school based in Emmaboda.

In one day, they have time for just over six driving lessons each.

Before each driving lesson, they spray their students, themselves and the inside of their driving school cars.  

It is not possible to keep enough distance in the car, and closing the business is not an option.

Students must reach the goal of getting a driver's license to become attractive in the job market.

At the beginning of the pandemic, traffic instructor Helen Gustafsson was worried about getting rid of the job.

But the traffic schools have been able to continue just as usual, albeit with more hand alcohol.

- It was said that societal benefits must be allowed to work, and then I assume that we traffic teachers were part of the societal benefits, says Helen Gustafsson. 

Traffic instructors are at greater risk 

A study from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (CAMM) now shows that traffic instructors run a 2.7 times higher risk than other professions of having to seek care for covid-19.

The study is based on 2984 people who were in intensive care with covid-19 in Stockholm County.   

- It is reasonable because we sit close to each other all day.

We are sitting in a closed space, says Helen Gustafsson.

Not been sicker than usual

Despite the figures in the study, Viola Ryding and Helen Gustafsson believe that they have not been sicker than usual.

They encourage their students to cancel lessons if they feel symptoms or if they have been in contact with someone who has been ill.

- I have felt safe all the time.

We have been careful to spray the cars, says Viola Ryding.

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