Health and wellness

If Hong Kong MTR is a hotbed for bacteria, here’s how to prevent their spread

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 August, 2018, 11:45pm
UPDATED : Monday, 20 August, 2018, 11:45pm

I refer to your Health and Wellness report of August 2 on a University of Hong Kong study, that “MTR commuters are exposed to deadly cocktails of bacteria that flourish in different areas of Hong Kong”.

I travel frequently on MTR trains and buses in Hong Kong. I see that most of the passengers when they cough or sneeze don’t cover their mouth and nose with tissue as advised by the Department of Health, but with their hand or palm.

This contaminates handrails. Perhaps it is time to educate our public, particularly children, to sneeze or cough into their sleeves or the crook of their elbow, if tissues, paper towels or a handkerchief are not immediately available. That would help to contain the spread of the germs.

K.H. Kwong, Heng Fa Chuen