As the COVID-19 virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, spreads across the United States, workplace cleanliness has quickly become a top priority for companies and employees alike. While coronavirus symptoms may present as mild and harmless for most, taking precautions at your office is wise for the health of your company and community-at-large.
Keeping a clean office is essential–and easier than you think! Read on for virus prevention tips and reasonably-priced cleaning products for killing germs on hands, surfaces and more.
To avoid spreading coronavirus germs, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Make sure your hand sanitizer contains 60-95% alcohol to effectively kill the virus. And don’t forget to wash or sanitize your hands after using the restroom, coughing or blowing your nose, or visiting public places, and especially before eating.
To help your employees stay healthy, place soap at every sink, and hand sanitizer in popular office spots, like in the entrance, breakroom, bathrooms, and at every desk. It may seem like overkill, but a few extra bottles can go a long way. Need to stock up on more soap and sanitizer for your office? Try some of our germ-busting favorites.
The coronavirus is thought to spread person-to-person–in other words, between people who are within roughly six feet of an infected person, or through droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. One of the easiest ways to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further is to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. It’s such a simple preventative measure, but we often forget to do it! Help your employees contain their germs by stocking up on extra tissue–and lots of it. Keep tissues in every office space and order extra boxes now to avoid running out.
Worried about spreading germs at company and client meetings? Keep germs at bay by disinfecting all surfaces, tables, chairs, and frequently-touched objects with cleaning sprays or wipes before and after meetings. But does Clorox or Lysol kill bacteria and coronavirus germs? You bet they do. Stock up now and remember to clean frequently. And while it may appear impolite among colleagues or clients, it’s best to skip the business pleasantries and refrain from handshakes to prevent spreading or contracting germs in the upcoming weeks.
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Once you’ve ordered the Clorox spray, don’t forget paper towels to help you clean those office surfaces! Paper towels make for quick and easy cleaning for a multitude of messes. And unlike cloth towels, they can be trashed after wipe down to avoid spreading more germs.
With all this sanitizing, washing and disinfecting, you’re bound to generate a greater amount of trash than normal in the upcoming weeks and months. Make sure you’re equipped to handle the extra load with additional trash cans and trash bags. Avoid trash overflow, and keep those germy tissues and towels contained by regularly emptying trash bins and refreshing trash bags in kitchens, bathrooms, and meeting spaces.
Lastly, if you’re showing signs of coronavirus, play it safe by staying home and remaining isolated. As with most viruses, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, rest, and sanitize your personal space. The virus is expected to live for up to one week (or longer) on surfaces and clothing, so you’ll want to disinfect your home and personal belongings with household cleaning products, as well.
At GOS, we’re here to support the health of your team with quality janitorial supplies and cleaning products to kill bacteria and coronavirus germs. Try these preventative measures and you’ll be one step closer to beating germs during this outbreak.