Public transport systems play an essential role in our day-to-day lives. In fact, many countries have made their public transport systems centralized and are governed at federal levels. In the uncertain times of COVID-19, even this kind of essential service was halted. The major reasons for the unexpected halt include,
- A huge number of people using public transport systems
- High exposure to shared surfaces
- Confined space and limited ventilation
- Absence of highly advanced technologies like temperature checks and sensors
- High risk of faster infections and their transmission
Albeit how long these public transport systems can be shunned? In these times of pandemic, we need these services to transport at least healthcare products. These public transport services can be operated if and only if the protection is 100%.
Why disinfect buses and bus stations with UV Light?
The risk of contracting coronavirus transmitted via public transport systems like buses and bus stations has been seriously discussed and studied by researchers and doctors in the last 6 months. As the buses have a variety of shared touch surfaces, like doorknobs, supporting rails, tickets, currencies, and ticket generation machines, the need for disinfection has become mandatory to continue the service operations of buses and bus stations. Considering all the factors and the risks involved, one solution unanimously recommended by health experts and researchers across the globe is UV light disinfection.
Let’s go through how various countries have handled their bus stations amid COVID-19 in recent times using UV light disinfection systems.
South Korea uses UV Lamps in Bus Shelters
South Korea designed and assembled advanced bus shelters with temperature sensors and UV lights to prevent sick people from entering public bus stations and disinfect the objects in the bus shelter. These bus shelters in Seoul were made of glass walls with UV light disinfection lamps installed in the AC systems to disinfect the circulating air.
New York City (NYC) uses UV Lamps in Subways and Buses
The authority accountable for public transportation in the New York state, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), pilot-tested the installation of germicidal UV lamps to disinfect NYC’s subways and buses. David Brenner, Director – Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University, said in a press release that the UV light disinfection program has been effective in disinfecting the lethal coronavirus.
China deploys UV Light Disinfection Units in Shanghai
A video released by South China Morning Post unveiled that a public transport company in Shanghai in March 2020 has deployed the UV light disinfection units to disinfect the public transportation buses and prevent the public from getting infected by COVID-19. This approach of public bus disinfection was taken post the release by China’s National Health Commission that the current pandemic coronavirus seems responsive to UV light. A news article stated that approximately 250 buses were disinfected in a day with nearly 21 UV disinfection lights or tubes.
UV light: The Most Effective Disinfection Method
The above mentioned live examples of buses and public transportation system’s disinfection with UV lights, once again, prove the efficacy of germicidal UV light in eradicating and preventing the transmission of COVID-19 from shared surfaces of these public transportation systems.
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