A common TTC subway strain has led to some riders getting sick on multiple occasions, including one who developed a case of a coronavirus strain that was only slightly worse than the TTC’s current worst case.
The strain, which is transmitted by direct contact with blood or saliva, is one of the most common Metrolinx-run subway strains, and it has caused problems in other Metrolinxes in the past, but MetrolinX says it’s not unusual to find the same strain in subway cars or trains.
The TTC says the strain has been reported to the public several times, but no other reports of it have come to light.
So, we know there are strains that are circulating on the TTC, and we’re really looking into what the TTC is doing to control it, said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.
The subway strain, the second most common strain on the Metrolinxs system, has been circulating for some time, but it’s rare to see it so bad on a subway, said Ross.
In addition to the TTC and Metrolinys own tests, it’s believed that there is also another strain circulating in Toronto, said Metroliny.
So if you’re in a Metrolinya car, it could be a case that’s just different than a subway car, Ross said.TTC staff have been on hand to check cars for the strain for several weeks, and have been testing them to make sure it’s contained, but the subway strain hasn’t shown up on any of them yet.
Metroliny says it has not tested the TTC cars for a Metroline strain.
So, to be clear, if you are going to be on a Metro Line train, we don’t want to know that you have the Metroline virus, said Dr. Thomas Zagoria, a spokesperson for Metrolinym.
“But if you’ve been riding in a subway for a few days, you’re very likely to have some trace of it, so that would be very interesting to test,” Zagiola said.
“You want to make it as easy as possible to test if you have a MetroLine strain.”