When things are opening cautiously and gradually, fearing crowd infections, commuters who do not have the personnel conveyance will prefer to travel in private modes, which is highly Covid-19 safe. Cities like Delhi, which has resumed services nearly four weeks ago, is cautiously taking less than the allowed 20 passengers in a bus, despite the limited frequencies on many routes. Although bus crowding is observed in some cities after lockdown relaxation, it is temporary and due to a lack of other alternatives. Public transport traveling can be expected with a significant drop in for months after the resumption, based on opinion surveys. That transportation means, measures are needed to gain the traveler’s confidence in transport modes in masses, to avoid a significant modal shift to road traffic.
The use of Public transport is declined by around 90% in India since the national coronavirus lockdown was implemented. It is obvious, too for the sake of the safest ride.
Unfortunately, public transport companies worldwide face the problem of a shortage of the modality of COVID-19 transmission during public transport commutation as there is no such evidence on the availability of evidence to extract the exact details of how any individual gets infected.
There have been some notable efforts and research that can help to detect the details of virus spread as there is no such evidence on how it is getting transmitted while remaining outdoors. In fact, out of nearly a thousand cases of two clusters, only single cluster two cases have been traced as infected from outdoor infection in China. Correlation to the effect of AC airflow has also established a basis on precise seating locations of those who got infected at a restaurant and at a call center. Some of the Indian authorities who were also working under similar assumptions basis of the effects of AC, have justified by the conclusion of such research that there is a high risk in indoor areas under AC with focused airflow.
From the above report, we can summate that several safety measures if taken in advance, could prevent mass transmission of the COVID-19 virus in public modes of transport.
A non-AC bus with open windows can be at a much less risky outdoor-like environment. However, it would be wrong to say that an AC bus coach is unsafe to travel. There are many touch-points inside the bus which can spread the virus to a much extent that we can ever imagine. So are some points of viral transmission in indoor spaces.
It is unlikely that any level of infection might happen in public transportation via inhalation and overcrowding even after wearing a mask, despite being clothed, by body contact, by common touch-points like railings, window or doors knobs, etc.
As there is no certainty of the infection caused. Team YoloBus is double ensuring safety and hygiene by considering most common touch-points inside the buses such as handgrip rings, handrails from the ceilings, bus doors handles, stanchion poles, grabrails on the seatbacks, etc are frequently disinfected with approved sanitizer. Hand contact surfaces, which are known to cause significant COVID-19 virus spread, are frequently disinfected with sanitizer.
We are doing regular temperature screening of travelers as well as bus staff before and after the journey and make sure nobody with the Covid-19 symptom travels on the bus. We also check if anybody asymptomatic suspects have booked a ticket with us, we generously ask not to travel by YoloBus.
Considering Govt circulation on the prevailing pandemic situation and with automatic sanitization doors, we are leaving no stone unturned to give you a safe and sanitized journey that you deserve. The state’s safety circulation on COVID- 19 is especially considered before we plan to operate any route.
Considering important safety measures for commuters as well as staff in YoloBus there are some possible options to create external airflow to dissipate viral particles in the case during the journey. If Metro rail authorities are planning to leave the doors open at the terminal before the next run of each train, it can be done in YoloBus frequently during the journey. But that is subject to the safety considerations that are taken beforehand. One of the crew members can look after the air passage at regular intervals during the journey.
This attempt could only be made after careful experiments. With the frequent circulation of fresh air inside the bus can be an option to circulate High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters.
Such actions are needed to practice from both travelers and staff members to keep the public transportation systems are safe. All our buses must be perceived as safe, so it is vital to ensure that public transport is for the public – not for the virus.