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Sixty seconds on . . . hanging around

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 08 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2717

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Re: Sixty seconds on . . . hanging around - watered down by the transport secretary

Dear Editor

It is sad that this government campaign to emphasise that Covid-19 is airborne, and the measures that can control it, has been watered down through the interference of Grant Shapps, the transport secretary.[1]

Apparently, explaining the risks of travelling on public transport so that members of the public can make an informed decision about whether to do so (and what mitigations they might wish to employ - such as wearing and FFP2 or better mask) might put people off travelling and lead to lower profits for transport companies.

This is yet another example of political (ministerial) interference in public health; and it will not improve the public's health.

1. Devereux-Evans O. Grant Shapps blocks new Covid-19 public transport adverts over concerns they will alarm passengers and put the public off using trains and buses. Daily Mail/Mail Online 2021; Updated 07 Nov 2021; Accessed: 2021 (08 Nov):

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 November 2021
Peter Mark Bandele English
Public Health Physician
N/A - responding in a personal capacity
Surrey, UK