We have always been warned that sneezes can spread diseases. Do you know that a single wayward sneeze from a rush-hour LRT commuter can end up giving up to 100 passengers a cold in just five minutes? Unless they are contained in a tissue paper, the germs spread so quickly that within seconds they are being passed on via handrails on escalators or seats on trains.
A single sneeze expels 100,000 droplets into the air at a speed of 90 mph. Individual droplets get transferred to handles, rails and other areas constantly held or touched.
Up to 10 per cent of all commuters will come into contact with an area infected by that one sneeze, in the busiest areas, such as escalators at LRT stations, this amounts to around 100 people during busy hour.
Regular commuters are well aware of the symptoms of others even though they are not always sensitive. A survey found out that 20% are annoyed by fellow travelers sneezing without using a tissue and 33% are angered by those who cough without covering their mouths.
Men are more likely to be at fault because one in three does not carry a tissue compared with 81% of women. Persistent sniffing gets on the nerves of 12% of travelers, although throat-clearing is only an issue for 3%. But most will either walk away or smile and bear it. Only 8% will actually say anything to an annoying sneezer sitting next to them.
Perhaps they realize they are just as guilty as two thirds admit to travelling in to work even when they are feeling ill. We can’t totally avoid germs but we can do a lot to stop them spreading, especially when you’re on a crowded LRT train.
Think of others before you sneeze without a tissue, otherwise in just five minutes you may have infected other LRT commuters and won’t be the only one feeling badly.
It also recommends having a laugh because the immune system is said to work better when we are happy, so reading jokes in your mobile apps may help during your next LRT ride. On top of that, always keep a Pocket Tissue Pack with you all the time.
Have a nice day with your Pocket Tissue….:-)
Courtesy of Malaysia Content Writer