Apparently the samples are to be sent overseas for analysis as part of a wider study. The results will be interesting but I suspect that there are some things that we are better off not knowing.
Of equal importance, and a study long overdue, is the air quality in our trains so far as the percentage of recycled air and the germs contained therein are concerned. The Comengs, at least, would appear to have problems in this regard if the interior 'fug' in winter is anything to go by.
Something else for Transport Supremo Jim Hacker to look into when he takes over T for V!
As a matter of interest there was a bod on a Melbourne spark that I travelled on on Tuesday wearing the following protection:
- Two hats
- Rubber gloves
- Two surgical masks
He also had a portable handrail (in a plastic bag) which he attached to the wall, by suction I assume, to hold onto and avoid the fitted railings.
There were plenty of available seats but I also assume that these were contaminated. The portable hand hold thing was removed from the wall at Flinders Street and placed in the plastic bag.