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Several months in to the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown restrictions have been essentially lifted worldwide.
Even as things begin to return to some sense of normalcy, there will still be a “new normal” that we all must adapt to, at least until the development of a vaccine.
Eliminating all risk is impossible, but there are universal best practices that we can all adopt to mitigate the scope of a potential wave 2 of COVID-19.
Below are some strategies you can apply in your day-to-day life — either as you go through your day, or as a measure at a facility you’re occupying — to help slow the spread and stop a potential 2nd wave of coronavirus.
Following these suggestions will help curb the next wave of the disease.
#1. Avoid Congregating Indoors
While the disease has many variables and there’s still much we don’t know about it, current evidence supports the idea that the disease spreads indoors more easily. Scientists have found that COVID-19 spreads through small droplets transferred through the air when an infected person either sneezes, coughs, or speaks.
So how do you counteract this? The obvious solution is to stay away from places where large groups of people congregate.
If you have a job in which you can work from home, continue to do so as long as your employer will allow you to. If you’re an employer or facility manager, encourage your employees to telework if at all possible.
Stay at home as much as you can, but if you must go somewhere — such as the grocery store — don’t linger in public indoor areas for longer than you need. Get what you need and get out without spending too much time inside.
#2. Continue Social Distancing and Wearing a Mask
Whether you’re welcoming employees back to an office or just leaving the house, at some point we’ll all have to venture out in public. Again, you can’t eliminate risk of a new wave of COVID-19. What you can do however is minimize it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping a distance of at least six feet from others at all times. They also recommend wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
Regarding your face mask, the CDC recommends the following:
“CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.”
Please note: the CDC urges those who aren’t healthcare and/or front-line workers to avoid using N-95 surgical masks. These critical supplies should be reserved for those who need them most: essential personnel, even after hospitals aren’t as stretched thin as they were during the height of the pandemic.
You can order cloth masks online or make your own at home out of a piece of cloth.
#3. No Large Public Gatherings
It should go without saying that large public gatherings of any kind are to be avoided. State-by-state restrictions will vary, but for the foreseeable future, this means there won’t be sporting events, concerts, or other large-scale events.
Try to avoid using mass transit as well if possible, particularly during high-volume times (morning rush hour, evening commute, etc.). Mass transit can bring numerous people in a small space, giving the virus a much more effective vector to pass through.
#4. Wash Your Hands (The Correct Way)
Everyone knows how to wash their hands, right?
It may not be as simple as you think. Below is the CDC’s five-step guide for properly washing your hands, and it’s a bit more involved than you may be used to:
- Soak your hands with clean water and then turn off the tap. It doesn’t matter if the water is hot or cold. Apply soap.
- Work the soap into a good lather by rubbing them together. Do a thorough job — lather the backs of your hands, underneath your nails, and in between your fingers.
- Scrub your hands free of soap for at least 20 seconds. If you need help with this, either count to 20 or sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times in a row.
- Turn the water back on and rinse your hands.
- Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.
If soap and water isn’t available, use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands often, but especially after you’ve used the bathroom, returned inside from the outdoors, are preparing food, or any other time when you may have been exposed to any kind of external surface.
Also remember to avoid touching your face excessively, as this is one of the easiest ways to spread germs.
#5. Have Affected Areas Professionally Disinfected
Finally, if you manage a public-facing area, one of the best ways to ensure you dull the spread of the disease is to professionally disinfect any areas of your building.
This involves a deep-cleaning that sterilizes exposed surfaces. The advantage is that if you run a facility with multiple people occupying it, you decrease the risk of one of them transferring their germs to areas within the building.
The important thing is to partner with a biohazard company that understands how to effectively treat these areas and do so in a way that will comprehensively remove the potential germs. Bio Recovery is that partner.
Bio Recovery has over 20 years of experience managing hundreds of disease cleanups and dangerous biohazard situations. We’ve managed these incidents with professionalism and expertise, developing a proven practice for effectively sterilizing entire affected areas.
We can arrive in unmarked vehicles so as not to create a disruption. We work efficiently and effectively to clean your space and make it secure for all to use.
In the battle against COVID-19, we’ll all need to do our part to remain healthy and safe. Bio Recovery knows exactly how to do that, and we can help you do it better.
For more on how we can help you disinfect your facility and reduce the risk of a 2nd wave of coronavirus, contact us today.