The Risk Management Tool Box Blog

Public Transport Does Not Give You the Flu

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Dr Alma Adler and Dr Ken Eames, experts on infectious disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have dispelled the urban myth that using public transport increases your risk of catching the flu'.

In fact, the researchers suggest that because commuters on public transport are exposed to more germs and so build up greater immunity, they are less likely to be infected.

Nearly 6,000 people were surveyed and Dr Adler and Dr Eames found that fewer people who caught public transport got ill than if they commuted by other means.

The findings contradict the commonly held belief that catching tube trains, using train carriages and buses increase the spread of common diseases.

Dr Adler said: “The findings will no doubt come as a huge surprise to the many workers who blame being under the weather on their daily commute.

But the counter-intuitive findings show clearly that regular public transport users in London are at less risk of contracting the flu that people living in other places and using other methods of transport.

In fact, if you want to avoid catching the flu, the best advice is to steer clear of your children!

The flu is spread by direct contact and so it is probably living in proximity to children who spread the flu more than using public transport.

{module_adrotator,1458}
{module_adrotator,1457}
Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://www.therisktoolboxshop.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=4103&PostID=348410&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

ALARP Safety Awards Drilling Process Hazard Management Save our Seafarers Campaign Natural Hazard TK Shipping HSE Leadership Unconventional Gas Newfield OSHA Hazard Awareness Incident Investigation Workplace bullying Driving Safety Aviation Safety BHP Billiton Contract Risk Management Call Centers Manual handling Shell Rail Safety Thank God it's Friday Office Safety Safety Video PPE Best bars in the oil patch Pollution prevention Ladder Safety UK HSE Hot work Safety "one per-center's" Safety Management Program Electrical hazards Nanotechnology Procedure Training Course Safety Culture Survey Work in Confined Spaces Hazardous Substances Catostrophic Disaster Hospital Safety Management of Change Social Responsibility Raspberry Ketones Scam Health NORM Walking Water Corporation Bio-hazards Behaviour-based Safety (BBS) Unconventional Oil Farm safety Railway Safety Santos Psycho-social Hazards Hazard Spotting Crane lifts Kinetic Energy one per center Rosedale Abbey Safety Information Posters Safe at Home Safety Conference Working at height Chevron WMC Resources Nautronix Woodside Safety Moment Hierarchy of Safety Control Risk Tool Box Situational Awareness Safety Alert Slips, trips and falls Risk Assessment Fatigue Management Occupational Overuse Syndrome US OSHA Hess IFAP Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking") Customer Testimonial Radiation Sources Road Transport Risk Management Safety PowerPoint Presentation Marine Safety Total APPEA Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) Mining Kellogg Joint Venture ENI Australia CSB Isolation Control Supervision MSDS WA Resources Safety Fire Prevention Energy Model of Hazards Shale Gas Unconventional Hydrocarbons Coal Seam Gas Oil Spill Response Australian OSH Codes of Practice Salute to Our Hero's Sakhalin Energy Toolbox talk NOPSEMA NOPSA OHS Law Excavations Working with explosives Construction Safety LOTO Emergency Response BP Manufacturing Procedures Job Safety Analysis SPE HSE Innovation Award WorkSafe WA Global Harmonized System

Archive

Blog / Terms of Use / Site Map / Disclaimer / Risk Management Tool Box 2009. All rights reserved. Web design by Luminosity. E-Commerce by JStores.