Cleaning Your Desk and Workspace
Before starting work at your desk, use disinfecting products to clean your table surface, keyboard, mouse, and office phone. You should also clean other office equipment, such as the photocopier buttons and control panels, and frequently used door handles. According to data obtained from the Department of Disease Control, recommended cleaning solutions suitable for disinfecting these surfaces and which can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include
- 70% alcohol—suitable for metal surfaces.
- Laundry detergent in 70°C water—suitable for fabrics.
- One part bleach (6% sodium hypochlorite) to 99 parts water—suitable for surfaces contaminated by mucus, nasal secretions, or saliva droplets. Doors and windows should be opened for ventilation whenever using antiseptic or bleach solutions.
In order to ensure that all surfaces have been properly and thoroughly cleaned, it is recommended that disinfecting solutions remain on surfaces for 3-5 minutes before being wiped dry with a clean cloth.
Cleaning Mobile Devices
Isopropyl alcohol is recommended as a cleaning and disinfecting alcohol. Using 70% isopropyl alcohol on a clean cloth or cotton pad, gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your phone or other mobile device, including cases, screen protectors, etc. Avoid wiping the screen itself, as modern phone models have a scratch-resistant coating which, when exposed to alcohol, can wear away, causing your phone to be more prone to scratches.
To clean your phone, start by turning off the device and wipe it clean in one direction without rubbing in circles. Next, use a soft cloth or tissue to wipe it dry. When cleaning phones or mobile devices of any kind, do not use antiseptic solutions containing solvent, ammonia, or abrasives. Glass cleaner and other household cleaners should not be used. Mobile phones should be cleaned regularly in order to reduce the presence of germs.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
During these times, while the virus continues to spread, it’s important to adjust and change our behaviors by learning to wash our hands much more frequently than normal, using soap or hand-sanitizing gels containing 70% (or higher) alcohol. Hand washing is one way to help kill viruses and reduce the risk of infection. Hands should be washed immediately after touching any surfaces, especially before eating or placing hands anywhere near your face or mouth. If you have used your hand to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands immediately. Also, don’t just wash your hands, but wash them correctly. This means allowing the water to flow over both hands, and then lathering them with soap all over the palm, back of the hand, wrist, in-between fingers, and around the fingernails. This should take approximately 20 seconds. Next, rinse thoroughly with water and then dry your hands with a clean cloth or tissues.
Cleaning only removes viruses and bacteria from surfaces, but proper disinfection eliminates germs altogether. Following the above advice can help keep you safe from the virus