Many of us rely on an underground train as part of our daily commute to work. But is catching the train underground a danger to your health?
Exposure to dust
Until relatively recently, little research had been carried out on the accumulation of dust and other harmful particles in underground train stations. Whilst it has long been accepted that the exposure to dust in many industries increases the risk of developing occupational asthma, the information on exposure to dust in underground train stations was non-existent. A study conducted on the levels of dust in many underground train stations across Europe found that although there were higher levels of dust, this did not pose a serious health risk. This is helped by the fact that underground trains produce very little in the way of emissions, as most rolling stock on underground trains are electric and not diesel like many standard locomotives.
One could be forgiven for thinking that standing in a crowded underground station could cause the spread of contagious diseases, but is there any merit to this? A study conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that there was no increase of catching illnesses like the flu on any form of public transport. In fact it was found that those who commuted on public transport were the least likely to be affected by contagious diseases. The research is not yet conclusive but the theory is that those who commute by public transport are exposed to more germs and bacteria and as a result, develop a stronger immunity.
The evidence suggests that there are no significant health risks by catching an underground train and although the evidence is spurious at best, may even have slight health benefits.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown