What COVID-19 Precautions Should We Relax vs. Keep?
As businesses and healthcare providers try to get back to ‘normal’, we have to ask: what should a post-COVID ‘normal’ look like? Which COVID-19 precautions should we make a part of our new normal, and which can we relax?
1. Social Distancing. Staying 6 feet away from other people has become second nature to most. Once the pandemic subsides, what will this look like?
Most experts agree that social distancing will not be a forever precaution however, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. Most facilities are opting to keep social distancing measures in place for the foreseeable future to ensure their staff and patients feel safe. As vaccinations roll out and people become more comfortable though, we can expect to see this ease up.
2. Masks. Masks have become a common, never-leave-the-house-without-it item. These small pieces of fabric have prevented droplet spread and been a key factor in our safety.
However, we can already see masks becoming a thing of the past with the CDC saying that masks are no longer an everyday necessity for fully vaccinated people. This means that facilities will be able to open up without a mask mandate.1
3. Air Purification. Clean air has a myriad of benefits, extending beyond infection prevention. It can reduce allergens, keep the air clean and remove unpleasant odors. Air purification is recommended in areas that do not have proper access to outdoor air (ie: limited windows, narrow hallways, etc.).2 Air purification in a post-pandemic world can become a regular part of building infrastructure. It can be used to remove seasonal allergens and germs from the air, reduce unwanted smells and can even play a role in preventing future pandemics.
4. Staying Home When Sick. While this one seems like a no-brainer, it was not that long ago when it was extremely common to have employees sniffling away at their desk. In a post-pandemic world, many people will not tolerate this. Businesses need to be agile and ready to adapt with robust sick day policies, flexible work-from-home options and on-call staff in case someone falls sick while at work. This is especially important in sensitive areas such as healthcare facilities. This will ultimately reduce the spread of germs within the workplace and potentially reduce the number of sick days taken by many employees.3
5. Hand Hygiene (and device hygiene). The CDC has long stressed the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections. This isn’t going anywhere.
However, the pandemic also exposed weak links in our hand hygiene processes. As COVID-19 raged on, many people started paying attention to the fact that they were washing their hands, and then immediately touched un-sanitized cell phones, tablets and other devices. The average cell phone is 10x dirtier than a toilet seat; they are the third hand we never wash.
Ensuring devices aren’t spreading germs can help reduce sick days, improve the customer experience, and ensure your investments in facility hygiene aren’t being undermined. Plus, if you choose a UV sanitizing solution, you can eliminate the need for chemical disinfectants and avoid damage to mobile devices.
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