South Korea's high-tech bus shelters use temperature sensors and UV lights to fight Covid-19

midian182

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In a nutshell: South Korea is using high-tech bus shelters to fight the spread of Covid-19. The ten "smart shelters" feature external thermal cameras for checking temperatures and ultraviolet disinfecting lamps on the inside.

The solar-powered shelters have been installed in the capital city of Seoul along major bus routes in the Seongdong district. Passengers must stand in front of an automated thermal-imaging camera, and the sliding door will only open if a temperature under 99.5F is detected. There's another camera installed lower down for testing children.

There are ultraviolet lamps inside the glass-paneled structures, along with air-conditioning, a dispenser filled with hand sanitizer, and free Wi-Fi. They also contain a large display showing the estimated arrival times of buses and a livestream of the nearby traffic.

Even with these precautions, passengers are advised to wear masks at all times and remain at least one meter apart. Around 300 to 400 people use each booth every day.

In addition to mitigating the spread of Covid-19, the shelters are designed to protect against Seoul's scorching summer heat and monsoon rains. Each unit costs around 100 million won ($84,000), and there are plans to install more.

"It is ideal for people to avoid a closed, small space in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic," said Seongdong district official Jeong Mi-rang. "However, it's inevitable that we'll have to live with it for a while, so we need to find a way to live a better life coping with the current situation."

South Korea was one of the first nations to be hit hard after Covid-19 spread outside of China, but its "trace, test and treat" program and fast introduction of drive-through testing meant it never had to introduce a compulsory lockdown. The county, which has a population of around 51 million, has seen just 14,873 cases and 305 deaths. The US with its population of 328 million, meanwhile, has 5.2 million cases and 167,242 deaths.

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kimo1

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Because skin cancer beats having COVID-19 every time, in high-tech no brain SJW world.
Makes me wonder how exactly they are built. But it doesn't take much UV light to kill corona. There's a lot that kills corona very easily, but it's all prohibited to discuss, since USA and their Big Pharma and multi billion dollar mandatory vaccines, COVI-PASS etc.
 

winjer

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Because skin cancer beats having COVID-19 every time, in high-tech no brain SJW world.
It depends on the level of exposure.
Chances are that people using these booths are exposed to similar rates of UV light, as if they were standing in the sun.
 

Uncle Al

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I'd like to see them at the entrance to every store ... we have far too many "proud Americans" that refuse to wear a mask and too many stores allowing them in anyway.
 
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Plutoisaplanet

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Because skin cancer beats having COVID-19 every time, in high-tech no brain SJW world.
It’s UVC that is used to disinfect. This type of UV light barely exists on the surface of earth because it’s blocked by our atmosphere, so it causes devastating effects for life on earth when exposed for any amount of time (it destroys nucleic acids). For humans the effects are rapid sunburn and skin cancer, and will cause retina damage and possibly blindness when exposed to the eyes. I doubt it’s being used though, and so the UV light provided by the stations are just a gimmick.
 
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gerjy5w

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Makes me wonder how exactly they are built. But it doesn't take much UV light to kill corona. There's a lot that kills corona very easily, but it's all prohibited to discuss, since USA and their Big Pharma and multi billion dollar mandatory vaccines, COVI-PASS etc.
He isn't wrong. A lot of things kill COVID 19 like sunlight. But then we have people like you who don't social distance and breathe out particles containing Covid-19 into the faces of other people. And multi-billion has a hyphen.
 

amghwk

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The automated door can still let through asymptotic carriers, though. Something to keep in mind.

And considering the UV radiation, the principle should also apply to anyone walking sunder the sun for the same amount of time.

*shrugs*