The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, as we work to grapple with how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing our communities, our workplaces, and our personal lives. We are rapidly trying to adapt – to cope with  the impact on our economy, health, and businesses, while also attempting to swiftly stop the spread of disease.

The recent relaxed guidelines for mobility, bring with them an increase in interaction amongst people and hence make us more prone to the Corona virus. We now have to be extra cautious. We have to take extra precautions while at work, home, in public transport or toilet, take extra care of our personal belongings.

Sources of infection while at Work:

Almost everything from the elevator button to the keyboard of our computer, we have listed a few for quick recapitulation:

Doorknobs, light switches, elevator and its buttons, hand rails, table tops, chairs, keyboards, mouse, telephones, scanner, printer, fax machines, stationery items from pen to our organizers, water coolers, tea/ coffee machine.

Precautions we must take while at work:

  • It’s not possible to sanitize each handle or button that we would use, so we should either use our elbows or shoulders to open the door.
  • It’s advisable to use stairs if possible, but without holding the hand rails. If using an elevator, avoid crowded ones, as also, use knuckles for the pressing the elevator buttons.
  • Before sitting at the work station, disinfect the chair, table top, laptop, keyboard, mouse, phone, etc. This must be done a couple of times during the day.
  • Leave stationery items like pen, pencils, organizers etc. in office and do not carry them home as they can a potential source of infection.
  • Carry own food and avoid eating in shared or common places.
  • Stay away from a colleague who is sneezing or coughing.

It’s almost impossible to not use the washrooms while in office. The door knobs, faucets, toilet seats, flushing buttons, toilet paper and towels can be loaded with infections.

  • Use disposable tissues to touch public surfaces, like toilet doors, dispose after use.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after touching a shared surface and keep sanitizer handy.

Being friendly is good but not always, do not share cigarettes with fellow workers, avoid office parties and after parties.

Adapting to this new may be a little difficult but right now this is the only way of staying safe from the deadly Corona Virus. In our next segment we will discuss some more potential points of infection in public transport and our home. So keep reading…


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