The office is the place where millions of people spend the most time each day around the world. Despite appearing harmless because they are in closed environments, the reality is that they can be one of the most dangerous places when it comes to contagious diseases.
Now that the time to go back to the office has arrived, it is necessary to prevent, as much as possible, that viruses spread throughout the workplace and learn how to stay healthy at the office.
Disinfection is Key
Make sure to keep your desk, computer, phone, and everything you use daily clean and disinfected.
Frequently-touched surfaces should be identified for priority disinfection, such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, bathroom surfaces, personal devices with touch screens, and computer keyboards.
To disinfect, wear disposable gloves and use products that kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Always read carefully and follow the directions on the label to make sure safe and effective use.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
When washing your hands, use plenty of soap and water. The World Health Organization indicates that proper handwashing should last between 40 and 60 seconds, starting by rubbing the palms together, interlocking the hands and vice versa, then continuing with the fingers.
Wash your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.
Ensure Adequate Ventilation
Without a doubt, the most effective form of ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic is choosing to ventilate work environments naturally.
Opening doors and windows before the employees get to the office and once they are gone, letting in air from outside, greatly lower pollutant rates in enclosed spaces.
Even in buildings with mechanical ventilation, it is advisable to carry out regular ventilation with open doors and windows.
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Coronavirus is a virus that spreads mainly through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when a person coughs or sneezes.
You may touch many surfaces that could be contaminated with the virus. If you then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. This advice also applies even if you are wearing gloves.
If you Feel Sick, Stay Home
If you are not feeling well, stay home and call your doctor. He or she will ask you some questions about your symptoms, where you have been, and who you have been in contact with. This will guarantee that you receive the correct medical attention and prevent you from infecting others.
In case you have to go to the office, always wear a mask and avoid direct contact with your collaborators, and do not share the items you use the most.