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COVID-19, Coronavirus | Objects and Areas of Extreme Danger (Part 1)

The Center of Disease Control says the coronavirus can remain viable in some surfaces like card box, metal and fabric for some time. Whi...

The Center of Disease Control says the coronavirus can remain viable in some surfaces like card box, metal and fabric for some time.

While it is transmitted more effectively via droplets from an infected person when they sneeze and cough, it is best to be very wary of surfaces on which the virus can remain viable. More so in an office set-up where most things are shared.

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1. Office Gate:
Normally, gates into offices remain locked for security reasons. This require the employees entering or exiting to repeatedly touch the same handle. This becomes a central distribution point for the virus.

2. Book and Pen When Checking In:
Still at the gate or reception, if your company does not have a biometric system to sign in, normally a book and pen are used for that check in process. Both become a central distribution point for the virus.

3. Biometrics:
Even if your office uses fingerprints to sign in, if that surface is not cleaned after every use it can collect and distribute viruses.

4. Lift Buttons:
Not many people have adopted to pressing lift buttons with their elbows. Imagine how many people in a day touch the same lift buttons at your premises. If you touch the same finger to your face, you might get infected by the virus.

5. Office Microwave Buttons:
If your office has a shared microwave, almost everyone will be opening and closing it; pressing the buttons. This becomes another central distribution point for the virus.

6. Toilet Flushing Handle:
There is no guarantee that people clean toilet handles with water and soap, sanitizer or bleach after every use, so they can be great virus pools.

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7. Office Door Handles and Knobs:
Unless your office doors are motion sensitive, pretty much everybody who walks in and out of them will have to touch the door knob or handle. This makes them a potential distribution point of the virus.

8. Office Kettle Handle:
If you are sharing a kettle, think twice about its handle. This might be a distribution point for the virus.

9. Water Dispensers:
If everybody touches the buttons, push handles, spigot or touch their cups and used bottles to the taps, they can aid the spread through the office.

10. Paper:
Office and paper are almost synonymous, and most papers are transferred from one department to the other. These can be a very serious conduit for the transmission of the virus.

11. Windows:
How many times do you open and close windows obviously touching either the surface, sill or handle? And how many people do the same in that same office? You need to watch out for this potential health hazard.

12. Office Telephone:
It is one of the last things on your mind and you subconsciously receive interdepartmental calls without caring to first sanitize the receiver.

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To be continued in part 2 of the article.

This articles clearly shows us that one can get infected with the virus from almost any physical object. The office convenes people from different places and areas, and you may never know who your colleagues have been interacting with. Potentially, you can even carry the virus to your homestead and infect everyone there. If we could possibly limit interactions, and even work from our homes.

Together WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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