“End distancing on trains worries, need reflection”


By Margherita Lopes

“The decision taken to put an end to the distancing on the trains is a bit surprising, not to say disconcerting. The Technical Scientific Committee has never been invested with the problem, and I cannot fail to say that this decision is of concern and perplexity, in a when the new cases of Covid-19 are growing, as the data show. There is a real risk that train travel may contribute to the recovery of the epidemic trend “in our country. To affirm it to the Adnkronos Salute is the president of the superior Council of health (Css) Franco Locatelli, member of the CTS, who adds: “I believe that a reflection should be opened on this issue”.

Trains, stop distancing

In short, the expert’s hope is that we can go back, also because precisely thanks to the measures adopted in recent months, traveling by train so far “has proved safe. I myself – says Locatelli – have been able to travel by train 2 weeks ago to go to Bergamo, and I found the trip absolutely pleasant and orderly “. On board “there has been a correct respect for distance and always scrupulous attention to anti-Covid measures”.

In addition, “numerous studies, including a recent one from the University of Southampton, have examined the possibility of contracting Covid-19 in a train carriage with an infected person on board.”

Well, these works “highlighted the importance of distancing”. This is why the announcement of the farewell to the safety distance “leaves us perplexed and worried, just in a phase in which new cases are growing. I think a reflection should be opened”, concludes Locatelli.


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