Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Social distancing on public transportation

A small experiment was recently run in Japan to test how social distancing might be applied to public transportation during a pandemic.

Currently, expert guidance recommends 1-2 meters distance between each person (though there is little in the way of research to confirm these distances would be effective). In Japan they had a group of study participants use the train and remain 1 meter away from all other riders. Based on the test, officials concluded trains would only be able to have 20% of their normal capacity to maintain 1 meter distance.

This could have an additional effect on asking workplaces to stagger their hours so as to reduce congestion and crowding not only at the job but also on the way to work


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