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COVID-19 and Elevators

Original post made by Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 1, 2020

One feature of New York City that *may* be partly responsible for the extremely rapid expansion of COVID-19 is the preponderance of elevators. NYC loves elevators. Unfortunately, according to this article Web Link , elevators are a major problem:

== from the article==

Are elevators a risk?

Yes. An elevator carries a high risk of transmission due to its confined space. To prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV in elevators, the following measures should be taken:

(1) The elevator should be thoroughly and regularly disinfected several times with ultraviolet irradiation, 75% alcohol or chlorine-containing disinfectants every day.

(2) Minimize the risks of getting infected from sneezing by taking the elevators alone if possible.

(3) Wear a mask before entering the elevator. If someone sneezes in the elevator while you have no masks on, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeves. Measures like clothes-changing and personal cleaning should be taken right after.

Wang Zhou, MD

Wang Zhou, MD is the Chief Physician of Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He was a Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2006, and is the author or co-author of more than 50 academic journal articles.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2020 at 10:16 pm

Subways are more crowded than elevators in NYC and people are in subways for much more time than elevators. I bet subways caused 100000% more illness in NYC than elevators.


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