How to Ensure Safety During COVID-19 with Office and Personal Hygiene Tips
Originally published: 28/08/2020 07:53
Last version published: 31/08/2020 09:24
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How to Ensure Safety During COVID-19 with Office and Personal Hygiene Tips

A guide to personal hygiene and safety to battle COVID-19 inside and outside the office. We're all in this together!


Coronavirus has taken hold of the world over the course of the last few months and we are only beginning to get to grips of the ‘New Normal’ that we will face for the forseeable future. COVID-19 has a longer than usual incubation period and a transmissibility score of 2–4, making spreading the virus much easier than other flu or viruses as every one patient can easily infect 2–4 other people. COVID-19 spreads via even as far as 6 feet. That means if someone sick with COVID-19 coughs, the virus can land on an inanimate surface like a table, where it can survive for an average of 12 hours (up to 9 days on some surface types! A passerby could then pick it up and become infected. Hence, it is very important that, in addition to washing our hands and social distancing, we also practice the following steps to help battle this deadly virus together.

  • Step n°1 |

    Minimise the use of cutlery, cups and napkins in common areas

    While in the office, every one in the team must be mindful that cups, cutlery, napkins, etc. in common areas at your office can help spread germs. Here are some ways to combat this: 
    • Anyone who uses dishes should wash them immediately after use, or put in the dishwasher.
    • Anyone who uses disposable dish ware of any sort should dispose of it immediately.
    Unless cutlery is wrapped, don’t use it. In the worst case, if you don’t have the option of getting pre-wrapped plastic cutlery, it is recommended to wash the plastic disposable cutlery before putting it in your mouth.
    • You can also choose to carry your own dishes and cutlery to places such as your workplace where you visit regularly. Not only is this ideal during the pandemic, it's also great for the environment. 

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  • Step n°2 |

    Minimise the use of physical cash or even credit cards

    Your physical cash and credit/debit cards may be passed among many hands and places, or come into contact with highly trafficked surfaces. To avoid contact with these potentially contaminated surfaces, use Samsung pay/Google pay/Apple pay for payments at supermarkets and stores. It is convenient, easy and super hygienic. There's no need to exchange a physical card or cash.

    Personally, I have decided to use disposable gloves for filling the gas and to keep my credit card in a separate ziplock for such use. We should make use of technology as much as possible, and encourage others to also do the same.

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