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To wonder what’s going to happen on the tube with face covering and hot weather

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amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 17:52:09

Just that really. Usually at this time of year we are being warned to carry water with us, not wear hot clothes etc.
Now it’s mandatory to wear a face covering - which precludes the drinking of water and obviously makes you even hotter.
Not sure there’s really a solution but wonder how this will evolve.

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Stampy84 Fri 05-Jun-20 17:59:22

Some religions were Berkas all day every day without a problem, I think we should all be ok

Stampy84 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:00:37

Burkas I mean!

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:01:26

@stampy fair point - though I have seen someone in a burkha faint on the tube before!

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nocoolnamesleft Fri 05-Jun-20 18:03:01

The next big thing will be water bottles with lengthy valved straws that reach from the bottle on your belt up under the mask, so you can sip as required. I can't be arsed to patent the system - anyone up for it?

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:04:09

@nocoolnamesleft ooh yes! A range of accessories made to work with masks.

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SmallPinkBear Fri 05-Jun-20 18:04:19

I was living in Beijing when heavily pregnant and in the summer (think 35 degrees everyday and no wind) and due to the pollution wore a mask most of the time. It wasn’t nice but I just got on with it, and I didn’t have to wear one. Presumably people will just get on with it or not use the tube

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Fri 05-Jun-20 18:04:56

You drink before you get on and when you get off. Not that hard surely. Masks alone aren't that hot, it's only a problem if you wear other ppe, which won't be necessary on the tube.

ShinyFootball Fri 05-Jun-20 18:05:30

Lots of people will keel over is my guess.

Although hopefully they won't be so rammed.

I've seen loads of people faint on the tube so not sure the, but burquas it's fine thing is a brilliant answer tbh!

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:07:15

@ItMustBeBedtimeSurely I find them quite hot to wear - was in a supermarket queue directly on the sunshine last week wearing mine - took it off obviously until I got into the shop.

Am not moaning btw - just came into my head how usually we are bombarded by messages during the summer on the tube. And also memories of the central line in a heatwave

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Unescorted Fri 05-Jun-20 18:10:09

The next big thing will be water bottles with lengthy valved straws that reach from the bottle on your belt up under the mask, so you can sip as required

They are called Camelbacks …. grin

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:10:53

@ShinyFootball Have seen so many people faint on the tube too! I guess masks maybe don’t make that much difference, but for a long tube journey I wouldn’t fancy it- especially with the water issue.

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NiceLegsShameAboutTheFace Fri 05-Jun-20 18:11:51

or not use the tube

This will be my preferred option blush

Hercwasonaroll Fri 05-Jun-20 18:16:23

Burkhas aren't designed to stop droplets so they tend to be looser around the mouth than a mask.

I worry about people struggling to breathe on hot tubes with a mask.

PhoneLock Fri 05-Jun-20 18:16:39

Singapore is almost slap bang on the equator. People seem to manage there on the SRT without dying. They seem to manage to survive without carrying bottles of water around with them all the time too.

PhoneLock Fri 05-Jun-20 18:18:21

MRT not SRT. That's my husband's car. Duh!

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:18:47

@PhoneLock don’t they have super air conditioned trains though?

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TheFencePainter Fri 05-Jun-20 18:19:13

How hot does the tube get fgsconfused

ShinyFootball Fri 05-Jun-20 18:20:22

Singapore has a lot underground- shopping malls, you can walk between tube stations underground etc at least the bits I was in. And it's all air conditioned.

HesterShaw1 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:21:52

Come on OP. Other much hotter countries than the UK are managing this just fine. You know that. What makes us so special/incompetent?

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:22:32

@TheFencePainter hotter than is legal to transport cattle.

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ShinyFootball Fri 05-Jun-20 18:23:15

Quick Google:

'Today the average temperature can be anywhere between 20°C and 25°C, an increase of 10 degrees.

As a result, the clay tunnels surrounding the tube are now far less effective at absorbing the excess heat, and so the air inside them can often reach as high as 30°C.'

Add in rush hour and everyone crammed in and squashing, no fresh air, and relatively frequent stops in the tunnel for a couple mins or more (so no moving air) and yes people keel over.

Some have air conditioning now but not all and it seems way more effective on some trains than others.

Don't forget people who are pregnant, elderly, unwell etc use the tube.

amillionnamechangeslater000 Fri 05-Jun-20 18:23:44

Am thinking quite a lot of people answering this don’t regularly travel on London Underground in the summer!

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MrsTannyFickler Fri 05-Jun-20 18:23:52

As other posters javebpointed out in many SE Asia countries where the daily average temperature is above 30 degrees they manage perfectly ok (pre-Corona) with facefaceasks and a ban on all drinks and food on their Tube/MRT.

ShinyFootball Fri 05-Jun-20 18:23:59

'Other much hotter countries than the UK are managing this just fine.'

See pp about air conditioning in s'pore.

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