A 58-year-old service ambassador who was stationed at Bishan MRT station has been found to have the virus.
It is also affirmative – and a given – that the mass population has been staying clear off the area.
Here’s some good news to soothe the burns of your panicked state of minds.
SMRT Has Thoroughly Disinfected Affected Premises
You would be glad to know that SMRT has thoroughly disinfected the premises where the infected service worker had been in contact with.
According to a report from The Straits Times, the 58-year-old woman, who works as an MRT service ambassador, had gone to work at Bishan station prior to her hospitalisation on Friday last week.
She had developed symptoms on Thursday and was confirmed to have the virus on Sunday. Her case has yet to be linked to any existing clusters. The infected service worker is currently warded and is in stable condition.
SMRT is in close contact with the Ministry of Health and is helping out with the contact tracing. Additionally, SMRT has offered to provide assistance to her and her family.
Can You Contract The Virus By Touching Affected Surfaces?
To answer that question, yes.
A study by The New England Journal of Medicine has found that that the coronavirus can stay on steel and plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours. It could also stay on other surfaces between 4 to 24 hours.
However, scientists have also said that contact with surfaces is not the main reason as to how the virus is spread. Now, read this: Contact with high-touch surfaces while on public transport poses a very small risk.
According to England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Witty, the touching of handrails while on public transport is fine.
He told Telegraph: “Just be aware of what you do with your hands – don’t touch your face, wash your hands, and then you can do what you like.”
I hope this gives you a tiny piece of mind. That suspicious-looking pole that you’ve been avoiding for the past 15 minutes will not kill you.
If that doesn’t suffice or if you’re much needy for comfort, I hope you are somehow relieved to be reminded that our public transport operators have been constantly deep cleaning since January.
You are more likely to die of a concussion from tumbling down two carriages than taking the extra mile of ensuring that you don’t by holding on to that pole.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be ever ready with our bags full of sanitisers and disinfectant wipes.
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