Few places are dirtier than the New York City subway, the biggest and most complex urban transportation system in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world. The World Health Organization has ideas that will help on the subway, or anywhere: — Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, not into your hands. Inside Barack Obama’s NYC apartment that is hitting the market for $1.5 MILLION, Sen. Joe Manchin takes dig at fellow Democrat AOC: ‘She’s more active on Twitter than anything else’, Democrat Sen. 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Our position is, ‘That’s promising,’” said Shams Tarek, an MTA spokesperson. THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit newsroom dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York. The incident was caught by a photographer and has since raised questions as to why someone didn't help the man before the train struck him. It is also one of the world's oldest public transit systems, with the first underground line of the subway opening on October 27, 1904. By Clayton Guse. NYC Landlords Suing Pandemic-Slammed Small Businesses for Missed Rent, Bronx Grapples with ‘Deepest Inequalities in America’ as COVID Surges Again, NYC Elementary School Students Can Return to Buildings Dec. 7, as de Blasio Shifts Strategy, De Blasio Administration Millions Behind on COVID Mask and Glove Stockpile Goals, PHOTOS: Brooklyn Food Pantry Offers Thanksgiving Help at Start of Challenging Holiday Season, NYC Climate Progress on Ambitious Emissions Goals Backslides As Strategic Plan Sprawls. Tarek said both the MTA and the EPA are testing Goldshield and the other products being used. The NYPD is investigating an attack on a subway rider wearing a surgical mask, by a man who witnesses said called her "diseased." Charles Barry became the poster child for the fight to repeal bail reform. On Wednesday, Mary Mears, a spokesperson for the EPA, said, “We are in discussion with transit to conduct research, but are still working out the details.” On Thursday, Mears said the EPA is “collaborating” with the NYCTA and other transit agencies on evaluating disinfectants and that preliminary results are expected in June. Tarek said that the product is just one of a half-dozen the agency is trying out. Where are you most likely to catch a flu-like virus? Each product has “yet to be validated for its effectiveness,” according to the NYCTA’s presentation to the transportation group. That’s why disciplined, thorough hand-washing is so important during an epidemic. The most applicable study, conducted in 2011 found that in a New York City influenza outbreak, the subways would be responsible for only four to five percent of infections. Four years ago, the company that makes Goldshield was forced to settle a complaint filed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging that it made false statements about the effectiveness of the spray, records show. ••••••••••••••••••••••••Download the Knewz AppiOS: https://knz.kn/iosAndroid: https://knz.kn/android••••••••••••••••••••••••, Frantic search for missing Tennessee girl, 15, who disappeared days ago from her apartment complex, Meghan, Harry 'may soon be stripped of royal titles' due to LA move, Netflix deal, 'Woke' Random House staff crying, furious that their boss is publishing new Jordan Peterson book. COVID Cases are Surging on Staten Island. Coronavirus-related racism seeps into U.S. 04:32 A viral video showing a New York City subway rider spraying Febreze air freshener at another passenger believed to … Still, the subway’s so-called air exchange rate — or how often recirculated air is completely replaced with fresh air — helps minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission for riders. On Thursday, another MTA spokesperson clarified that transit officials were not aware of the EPA action. | NYC Call 311, Text COVID to 692692 | NJ COVID-19 Info Hub | NJ Call 1 … A 2016 survey of the subway found a whopping two million “colony forming units” (viable bacteria cells) per square inch. 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Want to republish this story? (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images). Enhanced Subway cleaning is underway in New York City. newsletter. For example, in New York City, where the impact of this virus has hit especially hard, Subway Franchise Owner Jeffrey Kaplow is doing his part to feed health care workers at the city’s overwhelmed hospitals. NYC is taking action by implementing restrictions in three zones identified by the State — red, orange, yellow. Follow us on Facebook: EXCLUSIVE: Subway trains are some of the dirtiest, most crowded spaces on Earth — but are they ideal vectors for infection transmission? If that testing shows the virus has slipped into the country in places federal officials don’t know about, “we’ve got a problem,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY’s Editorial Board Monday.Short of that, Fauci says skip the masks unless you are contagious, don’t worry about catching anything from Chinese products and certainly don’t avoid Chinese people or restaurants. Ridership on the subway is still just 20 percent of pre-pandemic levels. The settlement required the firm to specify that the product “does not protect users or others against … disease-causing bacteria.”, Meanwhile, Goldshield is not on the EPA’s list of products approved for use as a vetted antimicrobial disinfectant for COVID-19 cleanups. As I write this, New York City is getting hit harder than any other metropolis. New York City's subway and bus systems have a low risk for spreading the coronavirus to people during their commutes, according to a new report from a national association of transit agencies reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.. The administration blames spates of extreme weather. Ridership in some of the busiest subway stations has decreased by nearly 50%. March 20th, 2020. In an interview last month with CBS2 in Chicago describing the firm’s role in the New York City subway’s response to the pandemic, Goldshield Technologies Chief Operating Officer Brian Shlisky stated that the company is “using [Goldshield] to cover or coat or protect the MTA subways and subway stations, the bus depots, and now we are about to go into the buses for the entire New York City Transit.”, Shilsky then offered a description for how Goldshield works, stating that it “attaches to a surface and it has a long carbon chain, which then breaks down things like bacteria and mold, mildew, etc. By Caitlin Morto n The report, which was published by Sam Schwartz on behalf of the American Public Transportation Association, shows no correlation between the spread of COVID-19 … So can you do anything to protect yourself? — If possible, stay as far away as possible from anyone with a fever or cough. So what if a highly contagious virus, such as the coronavirus now flourishing in the East Asia, found its way into New York’s highly efficient transportation vector? Subway shoving, flamethrowers, shootings in NYC blamed on 'perfect storm' of police reform, pandemic Shootings have almost doubled from last year following a long era of low crime rates The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advises that EPA-approved antimicrobials “are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”, In an April 30 presentation to the American Public Transportation Association, the Transit Authority official overseeing the cleanup, John Santamaria, vice president in charge of mechanical equipment, described the system’s three-step “Enhanced Disinfecting Process”: deep clean, apply disinfectant and apply an “antimicrobial shield to all surfaces.”. It is also one of the world's oldest public transit systems, with the first underground line of the subway opening on October 27, 1904. On its website at the time, the company stated “a single application provides up to a 30-day ‘invisible’ protective shield inhibiting a broad spectrum of bacteria, mold, mildew, fungi” and that “Goldshield products … are both biostatic [inhibits] and biocidal [kills] a broad spectrum of bacterial, mold, mildew, fungi and even some viruses.”, That marked the EPA’s second warning about the product. Night after night, workers have sprayed a chemical throughout subway cars called Goldshield 75 that New York City Transit Authority officials say they were told provides a “shield” that would “eradicate” the coronavirus for up to 90 days. Besieged by COVID-19, hundreds of city business owners, from clothiers to restaurateurs, are facing lawsuits over missed rent payments as revenue has all but vanished for many. Coronavirus Outbreak: What Could Happen if it Hit the NYC Subway? You just finished reading another story from THE CITY. De Blasio’s delayed OneNYC agenda update shows greenhouse gas-spewing energy use rising during his term. Many commuters remain fearful of being exposed to the coronavirus. So-called prone restraints involve adult guards pinning allegedly unruly children on the floor. Responding to emailed questions from THE CITY, Goldshield’s Shilsky wrote, “We are not permitted to comment on a (sic) EPA old complaint. — Don’t eat raw or undercooked animal products. But if the virus continues to spread, New York will feel it. NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 11: Passengers wait for an L train to depart the 8th Avenue station on October 11, 2019, in New York City. COVID-19 continues to spread in New York City (NYC) with concerning increases in community transmission in certain neighborhoods. So in March 2016, the EPA filed its complaint alleging the company was violating the law with false representations. U.S. public health officials say that there is only a “miniscule” risk of the virus now in the country, but considering the chaos coronavirus is currently causing in China — and New York’s position as a global city that many thousands of citizens with close ties to China — it’s well worth considering what would happen should coronavirus take a hold in the Big Apple. The move can be deadly. Commuting in the time of coronavirus in the nation's largest subway system. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images). We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. Please consider joining us as a member today. | NY Call 1-(888)-364-3065 | NYC Health Dept. “The MTA is diligent about verifying the claims that manufacturers make and is putting every product it’s testing under strict scrutiny for safety and effectiveness.”. New York Department of Health's coronavirus hotline: 888-364-3065. Barack Obama’s Former College Apartment in NYC Is for Sale for $1.5M — See Inside! They claim and we are in the process of verifying with federal regulators and laboratories that their products will eradicate viruses, including COVID-19, for an extended period of time — 30, 60, 90 days.”. — See a doctor right away if you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and share your travel history. Schools across New York City have closed in an effort to help contain the virus and many of the city's iconic cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library, have shuttered their doors to the public. 15 Photos of New York City During Coronavirus, From Empty Times Square to a Deserted Subway The city that never sleeps is suddenly taking a rest. NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Passengers ride in a subway car two days after a man was pushed to his death in front of a train on December 5, 2012 in New York City. In the APTA presentation, Goldshield and another product, Zoono, are the only two listed that the Transit Authority says it’s using to create a “shield” on subway surfaces. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY Meanwhile, more than 9,500 MTA employees have returned to work after being out because of coronavirus. And protects surfaces that way. It doesn’t leach. In January 2012, the EPA approved the sale of Goldshield with the requirement that it post on its label that “This product does not protect users or others against food-borne or disease-causing bacteria.”, But by April 2012, the agency had issued a “stop sale” order prohibiting further sale of Goldshield 75 after finding that the company had been selling these products via a website that “contained numerous claims that had not been accepted by EPA at the time the label was registered.”, Those claims cited by the EPA included the company’s assertion that Goldshield 75 “would have significant application in combating ‘sick building syndrome’ — acute health symptoms caused by microorganisms such as viruses, mildew and fungi.”. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Coronavirus is relatively new, and we’re not entirely sure of all the ways it can spread. – China on February 20 touted a big drop in new virus infections as proof its epidemic control efforts are working, but the toll grew abroad with deaths in Japan and South Korea. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. Ultraviolet light will be used in an attempt to rid public transport of coronavirus. It will continue to protect surfaces for long term.”, During a May 4 news conference on the eve of the subway’s overnight shutdown, MTA Chairman Pat Foye didn’t mention Goldshield by name but stated, “We are testing multiple products from multiple companies. Night after night, workers have sprayed a chemical throughout subway cars called Goldshield 75 that New York City Transit Authority officials say they were told provides a “shield” that would “eradicate” the coronavirus for up to 90 days. NYC Subway Anti-Germ Spray’s COVID-19 Impact Unclear, Sign up for the The New York City subway system, with 468 stations in operation, is the most extensive public transportation system in the world. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. At home, where family members touch each other all the time. ... New York City subway ridership each Monday from March 9 through June 8. Take a look at the work of a few sticky hands on subway poles. “We’re committed to working with outside expert validators and testing any products that may help us protect the health and safety of our customers and employees,” he added. Knewz delivers a well-rounded view of the news from local sources, national media, and everything in between — left, right, and center — so you are informed on all sides of the issues. Responding to Coronavirus Our Commitment to the Subway Community. Epidemiologists do believe it can be transmitted in the air, but they’re not sure how easily. The New York City Subway May Work Differently After COVID-19 There's talk of ongoing intensive cleaning, mask requirements, and staggered working hours. For now, New York as a whole isn’t seeing a major impact, because January and February are the worst months for tourism, anyway; hotel occupancy and room rates are roughly flat from last year, according to hotel-data firm STR. We know the virus spreads through bodily secretions, via sneezing, coughing or touching. CORONAVIRUS: NY Health Dept. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a pilot to use powerful ultraviolet lamps to kill the coronavirus on its subways and buses. But the idea of the subway as a conduit of filth may belie the facts that it’s actually not that easy to contract a flu-like virus there, in part because subway passengers rarely touch each other’s faces. The issue of what Goldshield can and cannot do emerged in 2016 when the EPA filed a five-count complaint against AP Goldshield LLC, charging that the company was making untrue claims about the spray’s effectiveness. “This is not something that has been confirmed to be an antimicrobial. The New York City subway system, with 468 stations in operation, is the most extensive public transportation system in the world. Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | 1211 AVE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10036, Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in USA is ‘minuscule’; skip mask and wash hands, Coronavirus hasn’t hit New York but it’s still hurting the local economy. It’s the Only Borough Without a Public Hospital. (You can speak with public health experts in your preferred language.) Since coronavirus … Can He Turn His Life Around? In particular, it’s worth considering how the virus could take advantage of New York’s uniquely extensive subway system as a means of travel and infection. And for all the very public groaning about the subway’s woes, it by and large efficiently delivers more than four million people each weekday to different destinations in the city, including to other major rail and bus hubs, which themselves take people deep into city suburbs in four states and to the rest of the country. We need your help to make THE CITY all it can be. “That would be great news for all New Yorkers, frankly for all Americans and for all our customers,” he said. Secretions can be left on subway polls and subway seats when people touch them — and then people who touch those infected polls could infect themselves if they touch their eyes or mouth with contaminated fingers. If subway service had been suspended at at that time, he found, it could have reduced the total number of infections in NYC by 12.5%. The focus on preventing infection remains on transmission by skin on skin contact. A disturbing subway incident sparked by fear of the coronavirus was captured on video. We’re here to listen. The EPA alleged that Goldshield continued to sell these products with the bogus claims, despite the “stop sale” order. A typical subway car is a petri dish of bacteria, and New York City’s subway is especially potent. Goldshield “claims it’s an antimicrobial against COVID-19. Shilsky contended: “We do not nor have we ever made claims about COVID-19 in the USA.”, He did note, however, that “in Europe and in Asia we do make viral claims as their testing protocols are different than in the USA and the core antimicrobials in those Nations (sic) are classified as bio-cides.”, In a National Grid PowerPoint describing the utility’s use of Goldshield in its pandemic response, National Grid states that it “kills COVID-19 virus when applied and seals surfaces to prevent future growth of COVID-19 from surviving on its surface for up to 90 days.”, Told of National Grid’s description of his company’s product, Shilsky said, “If a client or end user has unintentionally made any claims of efficacy regarding COVID-19 or and other virus based on our core technology …within the USA, we will notify them to cease such language and abide by our mandates to remain compliant with EPA registrations and our Master label claims.”, He added that as a result of THE CITY’s inquiry, the company will amend its description of its product “by issuing a new Guidance Memorandum.”. Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. Andrew Cuomo announced. But some criminal justice advocates say his case illustrates the system’s failure to address problems that could have kept him out of jail. (Photo by Greg Baker / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images). MTA’s Plan to Go All Electric on Buses Could Be Soaked by Climate Change, Group Warns, State Moves to Ban Face-Down Restraining Hold at Foster Care Facilities. Man Collapsed on NYC Subway in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic. See our republication guidelines. Downloadable maps for New York transit, including subways, buses, and the Staten Island Railway, plus the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and MTA Bridges and Tunnels. NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Eyewitness News got an exclusive look at a new plan being put into action early Wednesday morning to try to get homeless people out of subway stations and off trains. Tarek, the MTA spokesperson, refused to say Wednesday whether the transit agency was aware of the EPA’s 2016 complaint against Goldshield — and declined comment when informed by THE CITY. Should you be afraid? The 2016 settlement signed by the company states that Goldshield “neither admits nor denies” the five EPA charges filed against it. newsletter, These Restaurants Applied to Open During the Pandemic. (By contrast, Boston’s subway has only 10 CFUs per square inch.) Coronavirus Man Collapses on Subway ... EMT's Jump to the Rescue. So it doesn’t come off surfaces. We’re not as clear as to whether coronavirus spreads effectively in aerosolized form. More than half of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s buses are currently housed in depots at risk for flooding, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Goldshield “claims it’s an antimicrobial against COVID-19. Shilsky also declined to discuss how Goldshield came to provide the Transit Authority with its product, nor would he describe precisely what Goldshield does regarding COVID-19. Subway service in New York City could be scaled back as the novel coronavirus outbreak leads to falling ridership, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said Thursday. | Knewz, Barack Obama’s Former Manhattan Apartment Is for Sale, Inside Barack Obama’s College Apartment—and Its Surprisingly Low Price. It’s just something that’s being explored,” he said. New York City is suspending 24-hour subway service to disinfect subway cars during the coronavirus crisis, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. NYC subway ridership hits 800,000 for first time since coronavirus pandemic began. A subway conductor watches the doors of an A train in Brooklyn during the coronavirus outbreak, April 7, 2020. MetroCard Scammer’s Been Arrested 160 Times. New York City will use powerful ultraviolet lamps to try to kill the coronavirus on subways and buses. New York City’s multipronged subway system was a major disseminator – if not the principal transmission vehicle – of coronavirus infection during the initial takeoff of the massive epidemic that became evident throughout the city during March 2020.

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