Public Transport and the spread of diseases

The purpose of this page isn’t to discourage public transport. LiberalHour is a project to promote public transport. But Public Transport is not for everyone, as we try to explain below.

Certain segments of society should avoid public transport (infants and toddlers, elderly, those already sick with influenza, tuberculosis etc) to protect themselves from communicable diseases. Also adults who share the household with vulnerable population, should also be aware of health risks associated with using public transport.

The following research papers point to a relationship between spread of diseases like Influenza and Tuberculosis (extremely common in developing countries like India) and using public transport. Further, the relationship between spread of epidemics (ex: H1N1) via public transport systems is also referred.

Research Papers:

News Articles