5 Dirtiest Public Places We Go to Every Day
As the number of COVID-19 cases start to fall and lockdown is eased across the country, it is more important to be aware of protecting ourselves and others from illness and do all we can to prevent the spread of germs.
Many of the places that we may visit on a daily basis try to promote cleanliness to ensure customers and employees are in a safe environment.
Here are 5 of the Dirtiest Public Places We may Go to Every Day!
The majority of offices have cleaners who regularly wipe down all the surfaces and remove visible dirt. However, offices can quickly become a hub to a lot of bacteria, you’d be surprised how much is lurking all around your workspace each day. Encourage staff to use antibacterial wipes and sprays to clean their work areas more frequently. Request that they limit sharing stationery.
Most of us have to use public transport each day to commute to work. Unfortunately, trains and buses are often tightly packed spaces during the rush hour, which is an environment that bacteria thrive in. With 2 million people on average riding the tube every day, it’s safe to say that your daily commute is one of the places you’re most at risk of coming into contact with harmful bacteria. Ensure that you carry antibacterial gel and always wear a face covering.
Using public bathrooms is often unavoidable, however, it’s important that you make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and use hand sanitiser after using them. Surprisingly, however, there are many things you’ll come into direct contact with each day that contains far more bacteria than a toilet seat. Keeping hands clean is really important. Be mindful of what you touch or pick up.
Visiting a restaurant is often an experience we consider to be luxurious, however, once seeing how much bacteria can be harboured in these spaces, you might reconsider! From the high chairs to the menus, unfortunately, these are environments where bacteria can spread rapidly. With COVID-19 there are new procedures in place, so ordering from your mobile and paying with a card is becoming the norm.
It is true that the spaces where we buy our food and other essential items is a breeding ground for bacteria. Once returning home, you should thoroughly wash any fresh food you have bought and wipe down any packets, tins and packing to remove any bacteria you might have brought back with you. Only pick up items in a supermarket you intend to buy. It is now frowned upon to pick things up and return them to the shelf.
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
• cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
Remember to look at the previous blogs for advice. They may be of benefit. Please feel free to forward our blogs onto your contacts, friends and family.
Remember to stay safe and be compliant!
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Written with Guest Blogger Katherine Myers from https://elite-sec.com/
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