The public message to all of North America is that we have reached a critical point of infection where the Covid-19 virus will either spread wildly or, if proper measures are taken, we can work together to flatten the infectious curve until medical innovation can defeat it.
For us, the major concern is that our employees are still working in the field during this pandemic. Are we taking the necessary precautions to ensure their safety? Are we using safety meetings (at safe distances) at the beginning of each workday to communicate the company’s policies to prevent spread? Should I avoid touch screens or kiosks, and can an iPad transmit the virus to another person who uses it?
We need to keep in mind that the government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) is not absolutely certain of every way the virus can be transmitted, however, they stress that person-to-person contact is the leading culprit. The two ways that the CDC outlines person-to-person transmission are through respiratory droplets (like a sneeze or cough), or close proximity to another person (within 6 feet). While contaminated surfaces or objects can spread the virus, the CDC does not believe this to be a major contributor to the transmission of the virus yet.
It is unknown at this point for how long the coronavirus can live on the surfaces of your iPad or shared kiosk station, so it is best to exercise caution. Here is a link to the CDC’s latest updates on the Coronavirus. If you feel like your symptoms might be Coronavirus, the CDC has asked that you use this program to determine if further treatment is necessary – Click Here.
It is recommended to wash hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as possible and to avoid touching your face including your eyes when using public screens, iPads, or kiosk stations. The CDC suggests that Alcohol 60%+ sanitizer, hydrogen-peroxide, or bleach-based cleaners or wipes are effective at killing those germs that do survive on surfaces. When using those cleaners, please make sure that you read the instructions carefully, and that the ingredients are not harmful to your skin.
Here is a video on how simple soap can kill the Coronavirus:
Here is a video showing how even in the most remote locations, washing hands can be achieved and how easy it is:
Be safe, stay healthy and be productive!
Enjoy this fun video of social distancing, and walking your dog.