“No evidence of coronavirus on Tube,” says study by Imperial College – South London News


There is no evidence of Covid-19 on the tube network, suggested a study by Imperial College.

Although the coronavirus is often transmitted directly from person to person, it can also be recovered from contaminated surfaces – with occupied spaces like the metro, a particular problem.

But 24 samples taken by scientists at Vauxhall, Pimlico and Victoria stations last month were all negative.

Researchers have tested touchpoints at stations and in the air as part of a larger bacteria and fungus project in cities around the world – and Transport for London (TfL) is now planning to continue research.

According to Public Health England, the survival time of the virus on a surface varies with light, temperature and humidity.

The risk is likely to have greatly decreased in 24 hours – and much more in two days.

But during the pandemic, TfL introduced a more intensive cleaning program, using the same anti-virus spray as in hospitals, which offers up to a month of protection.

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