I admit, I am a bit of a germaphobe. I wear long sleeves virtually every day, so that I don’t have to touch door handles. With the current health crisis, COVID 19,or Corona virus, my day to day germ avoidance is starting to seem more and more practical.
I see a number of ways that we could all work to contain the spread of this disease. Most of these are straightforward, common sense approaches to keeping your self, and the people that you love protected.
The Mighty Stylus
While making a purchase, POS keypads are the gold standard. Consider this, everyone that has made a purchase in that retail setting has touched the same keypad/touchscreen with their bare fingers.
Wearing gloves sounds like the right thing to do, until you try to use them on a touch screen. Most touch enabled technology will not respond to gloves.
Now you are left with a dilemma, risk exposing yourself to everything that anyone prior to you may be carrying, by touching this POS with your bare hands, or…..
Get a stylus!
Get yourself a stylus and carry it with you everywhere! You can use it so that you can make your purchases without touching these communal surfaces. Germ transmission, can be greatly reduced by not touching everything everyone else has!
Cash is another surface that is inherently filthy. If you handle cash, be sure to wear a pair of gloves! Cash money gets around. These viruses can live on inanimate objects for DAYS, sometimes even weeks.
To prevent the spread of disease, wearing gloves as a cashier, and changing them several times per shift could help prevent transmission of many day to day viruses.
Again, the theme here is avoiding touching commonly used surfaces. Wear a pair of gloves to open doors to storefronts, doctors offices, public restrooms, etc. Continue to use good hand washing practices, even with the use of gloves.
Carry Hand Soap
We have all encountered a public facility that is devoid of hand soap. Keep your own with you at all times! Washing your hands frequently, and thoroughly is the best defense against viral disease.
Scrub your hands and forearm from fingertips to elbow, like you are about to perform surgery. Do this anytime you use the restroom, before and after, any and time you go from one public place to another.
Think self quarantine. If you can avoid going out in public places, do! These less exposure to other human beings during a health pandemic, the better.
Try to get all that you need for the next couple of days, in one store trip. Keep in touch with loved ones through the phone or internet.
Be Careful and Protect Your Family
If you work around the public, use Universal Precaution, and assume everyone is contagious. Be mindful of the number of others that may have touched something, and avoid being “hands on” when it is not necessary.
Take supplements such as Vitamin C and Zinc to boost your natural immunity. If you are already sick or have a compromised immune system, try to stay home, at all costs!
Do your part to protect your health and the health of others! Good luck, and as always, Happy Healing!