With millions of passengers a day, the New York Metro, in its underground and bus system, could be a very easy vector to expand the coronavirus.
Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, as a measure of anticipation the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has begun to reinforce its messages to prevent this disease, which has been spreading across the planet, classified as risk level “Very high” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
These basic messages, consistent with those of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), urge passengers to:RELATED
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
Wash your hands well with soap and water.
Avoid contacts with patients.
Do not use public transport if there are symptoms of fever, cough or breathing problems. If this is the case, seek medical attention immediately.
These health messages will be displayed on 3,600 Metro screens, 2,000 buses, 550 suburban railways and 84 station entrances in English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Korean, according to an MTA press release.
MTA will also offer extended hours for employees to get a flu shot as part of the precautions.
MTA officials have emergency plans prepared to deal with public health crises, said Patrick Warren, the agency’s director of security.