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Coronavirus Mitigation at Work

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Here is something I just sent around our office. If it helps even one of you stay safer at work, well, this is what your Sparkfriend who is an environmental scientist is here for. You are welcome.

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We share common touch areas such as the coffee pot, microwave controls, the fridge handle, the soap dispenser, shared fridge and pantry contents like coffee creamer and light switches.

Perhaps less obviously, we also share video-conferencing controls in the conference room, the conference room table and chairs, pool vehicle controls and components, field equipment, sometimes telephones, and door knobs/pulls.

Any of those objects and surfaces can harbor the virus in ways that cannot be seen.

Wash your hands (again, hot water and soap, long-duration like a surgeon on TV - you've all seen the many memes) before and after using or touching anything that is common community property around here. Use disposable paper towels when touching commonly-used things as much as we can.
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  • PICKIE98
    Doorjambs that people touch, creamer containers at coffee stations, elevator buttons, briefcase handles, keyboards, mice, copiers, hand dryers, closet door handles, faucets, car door handles, steering wheels, car keypads for controls, DVD's, CD's cases, garage door transmitters(Mine is programmed in the computer in my car), eco-friendly shopping bags, wallets, purses, credit cards, MONEY, wastebaskets when you empty them, soap dispensers(yes, they need to be sanitized!). Seat belts, all control buttons for car mirrors, seats, etc. Trunk handles, lawn mower and snow blower handles, handles at gas pumps,,, prayer books, text books, dishwasher controls, microwaves,etc..
    Please act slower and re-think your actions. It burns calories! We had our first covid death in MI yesterday and our confirmed cases doubled overnight.
    76 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    Thanks for the tips!
    83 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Good suggestion and thanks!!
    83 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    I have to use a public laundry room because I live in an apartment and that freaked my out, the door knob, light switch, laundry machine lid and dials, small enclosed space. I have washed my hands many times this morning while just washing my laundry once!
    83 days ago
  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
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    83 days ago
  • IAMAGEMLOVER
    It is a scary world. I heard on television that certain states are requiring first reponders to carry hand sanitizer.
    83 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Yup!
    83 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    Spouse just received notice at his workplace (IT guy) that at noon everyone will start working from home until the corona virus threat has stabilized.

    Glad more and more folks are taking this seriously and hopefully the panicked ones will ease up.
    83 days ago
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