WHEN taking a taxi from today, expect all its windows to be wound down and the air-conditioner turned off. It will stay that way unless you insist otherwise.
Taxi companies are asking cabbies to take these new measures in a bid to prevent the spread of SARS. Passengers are urged to bear with it.
Prof Lee Yuan Kun, of the National University of Singapore's department of microbiology, said a person falls sick only when he gets huge doses of the virus.
“If you have ventilation and do not allow the virus to accumulate in an enclosed environment, there will be less chance of contracting the disease,” he said.
The all-windows-down move is the latest in a series of efforts to assure the public that taxis are safe.
Others include disinfecting taxis daily, providing drivers with regular temperature checks and requiring cabbies to issue receipts to passengers for contact tracing.
There have been three reported cases of cabbies who have ferried passengers with SARS, including two that got infected.
The latest was Saturday's announcement that a cabby was infected by a passenger whom he took to a vegetable wholesale market in Pasir Panjang. – The Straits Times/ Asia News Network