Coronavirus: Tips for Staying Hygienic and Safe when using your tech devices!
In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, nothing is more important than taking necessary precaution measures. According to the World Health Organization, the easiest way to do this is by keeping the hygiene optimal, whether at your home or workplace.
To stay as protected as possible, below we answer some of your main coronavirus questions and share all instructions on how to prevent the virus from spreading.
How contagious is COVID-19?
The coronavirus spreads super-fast from one person to another. The virus travels through air, and can be contagious when an infected person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes in your proximity.
How much has the virus spread?
The virus initially originated in Wuhan, China, and has now spread to over 130 countries worldwide. The WHO has declared the virus a pandemic and recommends self-isolation to avoid possible contamination.
What are the symptoms?
Sadly, the coronavirus symptoms take from two to 14 days to appear and include fever, dry coughs, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
How to stay safe?
Aside from self-isolation, the WHO recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds a time, or by using the surgeon wash method. In doing so, avoid touching your face and having contact with people, especially those who still go to work.
How do I keep my electronics clean?
When trying to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is crucial you also keep all electronics clean to use. Even if working from home, keep in mind that electronics, such as your laptop and phone, contain 400 times more bacteria and germs than the average toilet seat. To clean them properly, here are several tips to help you do so:
· Power off your laptop or phone, and once turned off, use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the screen.
· Use a Lysol disinfecting wipe to remove any scuffs or fingerprints from your devices. Don’t use the wipes to clean the device’s open ports or speaker openings. If you don’t have a Lysol wipe, you can use any type of cleaning wipe that contains 70% alcohol.
· After your screen has dried off, wipe the devices once more using a disposable microfiber cloth, thus removing any germs left behind.
· Wash your hand thoroughly for 20 seconds when done.
Here are a few other ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when at your workplace or out in town:
· Avoid handshaking or being in close proximity to other people. Greet and say thank you with a Namaste (press your palms together).
· Use an antibacterial gel to clean hands when going out.
· Cough in your elbow, rather than in your palm.
· Disinfect workplace surfaces, such as tables, desks, doorknobs, and desk items.
· Ventilate your office space often, and hold meetings in a ventilated room or outdoors.
· Don’t take long when shopping at a grocery store or the pharmacy.
· If one of your family members is ill, isolate them in a separate room, and only have one family member look after them.
· Don’t hang out in groups of more than 3 people.
· Limit your use of cash, and opt for a credit card instead.
· Avoid attending larger events and using public transport.
· Use a tray and disposable cutlery when eating, whether at home or work.
Last, but not least, the prevention of the coronavirus begins with practicing social responsibility and awareness – so let’s be conscious of our actions to keep yourself and your community healthy!