Even before the pandemic, people had reservations about public transport and the health risks from poor air quality and contaminated surfaces. Since Covid-19, fears of using buses and trains have grown even further and the number of people using them are far lower. Therefore, it’s in the interest of the government and operators to make the air and surfaces on public transport safer.
Being contained in what’s effectively an enclosed moving box with limited air flow and ventilation, often makes for an unpleasant journey. For instance, a hot and stuffy environment with poor air quality is certainly a place many will want to avoid as much as possible post-pandemic.
How comfortable do you feel about using public transport?
In London, a recent survey by yougov.co.uk revealed that over half the population expressed concerns that they would feel uncomfortable using the Underground. Just under a quarter of them said they would not use it at all. As few as 10% mentioned they would be “very comfortable” with travelling on the Tube without any concerns and 32% were “fairly comfortable”.1
These are quite alarming statistics for the economy to recover quickly if the views are reflected across the UK. Public transport is a necessity to help life return to normal and support the recovery of many industries. With many people preferring to use taxis or drive, this will also be bad news for the environment. For example, more cars on the road will increase air pollution.
Is the air and surfaces on buses and trains safe?
Currently, this is very much down to capacity and whether you’re able to socially distance yourself from other people. The concern is, being in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation allows coronavirus particles to remain in the air, exposing those within.
Unfortunately, creating distance on public transport is a choice you don’t always have. The other alternative is to get off and wait for the next train or bus. But if between stops you’ve been uncomfortably close to another person, whereby you can feel or smell their breath. You may have already been inhaling any virus carried in it.
The internal surfaces are also another area of concern. With many passengers coming and going holding on to rails and seats as the bus or train moves. Virus particles can easily contaminate these surfaces, spreading from person to person.
So, are buses and trains safe? Well, they’re only as safe as the people that use them, which provides no guarantees.
What are the operators doing to help?
To help social distancing, trains will be longer and more services will be running. Hand sanitisers will be available at stations and cleaning measure enhanced. But is this enough to gain confidence and encourage people back to using public transport?
What can be done to make the air and surfaces safe on public transport?
A major part of preventing viruses spreading is down to us as individuals. Being responsible, wearing masks and ensuring we wash or sanitise our hands regularly is a key factor to prevent infections spreading. However, this is an uncontrollable variable as it relies on human behaviour.
As we know and have seen first-hand, people of all ages don’t always wash their hands for long enough, whilst also maintaining social distancing is an impossible task. So how do operators mitigate the risk? To cover the variables and the inevitable unwanted face-to-face with a stranger. To get confidence back by proving to the public the air and surfaces within are treated.
How to get confidence back
A way to increase public confidence is to have a method that will protect the enclosed space from virus particles. Preventing them from circulating the air and contaminating surfaces, all day, everyday whilst the services are running.
Anderson Coach & Travel, and other transportation companies that provide a public service and tourism, are introducing ActivePure into their vehicles. Simple to install, ActivePure is a unique, NASA-based patented solution. It’s proven to neutralise pathogens including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in mid-air and on surfaces outside the device instantly. With this technology, people using these services can feel more confident that the air and surfaces within are continuously treated. Which will substantially reduce the risk of exposure while they are on board.
What the video below to see how a coach operator in the US has used ActivePure Technology:
What happens when an infected person is unknowingly on board with ActivePure?
With 1 in 3 people being asymptomatic, whereby they can carry the virus without showing any signs of infection. The likelihood of sharing a journey with an infected person is relatively high. When an asymptomatic person is on board with you, they will unknowingly exhale virus particles into the enclosed space. This will increase the risk of exposure if there’s no prevention measures in place.
With ActivePure in use on the bus, coach or train, at the point when an airborne virus is released into the enclosed space, ActivePure will instantly neutralise the particles by breaking them down into safe byproducts. As this technology is safe to use in occupied spaces and is amongst the fastest-acting solutions for air and surface virus protection. The potential risk of contamination, cross-contamination, and recontamination is virtually removed.
The scientifically proven technology works by dispersing and filling the enclosed space with safe ActivePure Molecules. These molecules instantly react to virus particles invading the area. For example, this could come from when a person speaks or coughs. As soon as the virus particles are released, the molecules are attracted directly to them and on contact, immediately deactivates the contaminants on surfaces and in the air.
How do I get ActivePure Technology?
As you can see in the video from Anderson Coach & Travel. One device simply added to a bus, coach or train carriage will protect the air and surfaces within. There’s no installation required, just plug-in and let ActivePure protect everyone on board.