Coronavirus: OC Transpo negligent in maintaining bus windows which don't open



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OC Transpo has sought to provide leadership in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus.

This includes the cleaning of buses and preventing passengers getting too close to drivers by requiring rear door entry.

So, why aren't they allowing passengers to freely open bus windows like the STO in Gatineau?

A recent article in the Ottawa Citizen asserts that COVID-19 can stay in the air after a person sneezes of coughs for up to three hours!

When we attempted to reach the General Manager to discuss the situation they were not available.

It's up to members of the public to demand further protections from OC Transpo by allowing passengers to open their windows to enable buses to have proper air circulation.

You could get infected with COVID-19 from a person you haven't even seen if OC Transpo continues to lock-up its windows!

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, attempted to mimic the virus deposited from an infected person onto everyday surfaces in a household or hospital setting, such as through coughing or touching objects.

The tests show that when the virus is carried by the droplets released when someone coughs or sneezes, it remains viable, or able to still infect people, in aerosols for at least three hours.


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Dear Josee. Windows have been locked by OC Transpo management and not the drivers. I have been on such buses multiple times. So, your comment about "stupid stuff" is nonsense. The article documents how passengers may be at risk without proper ventilation. COVID hanging in the air we breathe is now a documented medical fact. So, your comments are quite ignorant.
First of a the windows don't lock. The drivers don't control the locks. Second I doubt that the drivers are concerned about Windows being open. Oh want to open the window ,open the window. Some busses don't have windows that's not OC Transpo fault it's the design of the busses. Stop blaming stupid stuff on Oc Transpo. Good god open the window if you want. I'm sure that's the last thing on the drivers mind.
Find something else to complaint about.
#Funfact Only a select few buses in Octranspo's fleet have sealed windows .these being the Artics*/and newer Double Deckers. the rest of the fleet and Artics have tip in windows that do open.

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