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Crawley residents warned of the spread of fake news around coronavirus

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As concerns continue to grow around COVID-19 so does the spread of fake news related to it.

Many local people have reportedly been receiving texts and whatsapp messages all purporting to offer advice about how you can self-diagnose whether you have the coronavirus or not.

If you receive any of the ones listed below then think twice. The ONLY advice to follow is that put out by Public Health. Wash your hands regularly and use a hand santiser.

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Here are some of the FAKE alerts you need to watch out for.

FAKE: Holding your breath for 5 or 10 seconds

The claim is that if you hold your breath for 5 or 10 seconds without coughing then you are safe from the virus. This is false and is not a way to diagnose it.

FAKE: Drink water every 15 mins

All water can do is keep you hydrated. Whilst this does lower the risk of infection by cutting down other effects that could lower your immune system it does not stop you catching the virus.

FAKE: Avoid cold drinks

To date there is no evidence that cold drinks should be avoided.

FAKE: Drink garlic boiled in water

The World Health Organisation has said there is no specific medicine to date that can treat or even prevent this strain of the coronavirus.

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Powerful viruscide used across Southern Rails stations and trains to kill Coronavirus

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Govia Thameslink Railway’s entire fleet of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas have been treated with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing the Coronavirus for up to 30 days.

The product further improves GTR’s already-enhanced cleaning regime, in which stations and staff areas are treated with more short-term viruscides, and all 2,700 of its train carriages are sanitised every night.

While the current advice remains to only use public transport if you absolutely have to, the product provides another layer of protection for passengers who do need to travel such as key workers and staff who are valiantly supporting the national effort on the front line.

To help support everyone’s focus on keeping their hands clean, GTR has also ordered 1,000 no-touch hand sanitisers for staff and passengers which are being distributed to stations. 

A specially-developed app also tells staff at-a-glance when each train carriage was last cleaned with the long-lasting viruscide.

Engineering Director Steve Lammin said:

“Since the outbreak of this pandemic we have been doing all we can to protect our passengers and staff by ensuring our trains, and stations have enhanced cleaning regimes, and a switch in focus to high-touch areas and the increased use of anti-viral agents.

“We are now using a product that will kill Coronavirus for up to 30 days and we are applying this to surfaces across our network on a 21-day cycle. We want to do everything possible to work with passengers and staff to keep them safe and this will further protect everyone who is working so hard for this country.”

Electrostatic ‘wands’ (pictured and on video) have been used around stations and staff areas and GTR is deploying ‘Storm’ virus-killer backpacks which were used in NHS Nightingale Hospitals, as they cover large areas quickly. On trains, the new product needs to be applied traditionally with a microfibre cloth. In all locations, it is applied only after the entire surface area has been thoroughly cleaned and degreased.

Stations, trains and staff areas were already receiving enhanced cleans through additional extra staff, new 24-hour viruscide products and a switch to focus attention on passenger and staff touchpoints. Use of the 30-day viruscide will help GTR renew its focus on out of reach places to further improve the appearance of trains.

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