The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is dealing with record low passenger numbers for subways and buses during the new corona outbreak,media outlet The Verge reported. The Transportation Authority will begin using powerful ultraviolet light on subways and buses as part of its enhanced disinfection program, the New York Daily News reported. The work is part of a collaborative project with Columbia University, which believes UV lamps can be used to kill diseases in transportation systems.
Starting may 11, the MTA will place UV lights in subway cars and buses at two metro and bus stations. The “ultraviolet light” emitted by these lamps consists of shorter, high-energy light bands that can be harmful to humans if exposed directly to sunlight.
Ultraviolet light is particularly good at killing organic matter—- human or viral particles—- but whether it will effectively eliminate the new coronavirus is still unknown. Ultraviolet lamps and robots are often used to disinfect objects such as water, laboratory equipment, and spaces such as buses and airplanes. MTA officials say that if the results are good, they will expand to more trains and buses.
U.S. President Donald Trump has touted UV rays and disinfectants as potential treatments for PATIENTS with COVID-19, even though both are harmful to the human body. Trump later claimed that he was satirizing others.
Last week, New York Governor Bill O’Moe and New York City Mayor Bill DeSho announced that, starting May 6, unconventional measures would be taken to shut down subway services and conduct extensive disinfection from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day.
The New York City Transit Authority, which has reportedly cut some train and bus services in response to falling demand, has reportedly dropped 90 percent in passenger traffic since the outbreak. Employees in many essential industries still rely on buses to commute to and from work every day. So far, more than 80 MTA employees have died from new coronavirus infections.