Face Masks and Crowd Control: The Race to Make Your Subway Ride Safer

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Face Masks and Crowd Control: The Race to Make Your Subway Ride Safer
Social distancing isn't easy on the subway. Transit officials are mapping out ways to prepare the system for the return of riders.


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The trade-offs

The trade-offs

Transit agencies around the world are wrestling with how to bring riders back safely while considering the financial and public health trade-offs. Simply restricting the number of passengers ...


Available strategies

  • In Asia and Europe, where some cities have already reopened, public transit systems are experimenting with cutting bus capacity, timed ticketing and checking riders' temperatures.
  • In...


The risk of contagion

The risk of contagion on the subway is reasonably high. Its an enclosed space, poorly ventilated and have high foot traffic.

The subway will have to regain the trust of riders. The move to ...



The quick rise

Slack makes it possible for tens of millions of employees to have online conversations, ask questions, share information, make decisions. The platform reproduces the culture of the open-plan office...

Slack became indispensable

Investors had been wary of Slack since it went public in June 2019 because of its slowing growth, lack of profitability, and competition from Microsoft's competing product called Teams.

But as business swerved to avoid contagion, people were flocking to Slack's product to cope with disaster. Slack became a critical service, like Wi-Fi or electricity.

Work from home

Although Slack also runs on Slack, the company had a work-at-office culture. As the company closed its offices in March, the executive made a series of decisions to make its mission clearer: Slack would take care of its people first during this crisis. In turn, those employees would take care of their customers.

  • They offered to reimburse each employee up to $500 for whatever equipment they needed to do their jobs at home.
  • When the schools closed, they advised people to work when they could.
  • They encouraged their employees to log out and take care of their kids and families.
  • They offer to pay employees their full salaries.

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Do's and Don'ts for Social Distancing

  • Avoid gathering in public places.
  • Keep 6-10 feet distance from other people.
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
  • Minimize social contact and limit ...

When Going Outside

  • If going to the gym, maintain distance, avoid crowds, disinfect all surfaces that are being touched, and keep washing your hands.
  • Use alternative exercising options like nature parks with fewer people around.
  • Avoid going to the grocery store at peak hours.
  • Do not interact face-to-face with strangers while at a counter or if you are delivering something yourself.
  • Work From Home option should be utilized.

Points to note

  • Minimize your use of public transportation or take the ride-sharing option as it has fewer people, and avoid peak hours at any cost.
  • Don't go to and don't initiate parties to which a large number of people are invited.
  • Keep connecting virtually with your loved ones and your elderly relatives.

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Best practices

  • When you are confronted with a virus rumor, think if it is coming from a trusted source. 
  • Even if you trust them, ask where they got the information from.
  • Then google the ...

Don’t Spread Lies

The temptation to share things we find right away, without fact-checking, is dangerously high these days.
The types of messages that spread fastest have the most attention-grabbing content, so if you read something that shocks you and your first thought is to tell everyone you know, stop to consider if that the right thing to do.