It was in the Sun‘s lead article today, but it might get missed:
There were just 11 new cases reported between noon Sunday and noon Monday — despite an increase in the amount of testing being done — and no evidence of any transmission on public transit, Henry said.
Two qualifications: (1) Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. (2) Over what time did that statement hold true?
Further, has there been any example of community transfer on transit, in Vancouver or elsewhere, and under what circumstances?
It seems obvious on one hand that crowded public transit should facilitate transmission. But on the other, why aren’t there many more proven examples of it – hotspots in particular – given that some of the places where the virus has been most effectively contained – Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore – have some of the busiest transit systems on which their cities are dependent? It’s a question that goes hand-in-hand with the density debate, as Sandy discusses in the post below.
If TransLink is to get back to anything like normal service in the next few months, it will depend on the public’s confidence (and willingness to follow protocols) in the safety (or minimal risk) of the transit system.
“No evidence of any transmission” is a very good place to start.
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