Reducing Contact with Surfaces in Public

Thinking back to the early days of the pandemic (remember those, eh?), reducing contact with surfaces was one of the very first and most prevalent instructions received from health experts and the government, and it remains an integral measure to abide by over one year later. 

 

As society enters into a “new normal”, the BlowMotion team have taken a look at six ways in which we can stay safe while resuming everyday life. 

 

 

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid touching surfaces where possible
  • Limit contact with others
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean high-contact surfaces regularly
  • Continue to wear a mask

 

Wash hands frequently

One of the most important of all guidelines, it’s been hammered home for 14 months now that we should regularly wash our hands for at least 20 seconds, taking care to use plenty of soap and water and rub between the fingers and across the entire hand before drying with a disposable hand towel or hand dryer

 

You should wash your hands after: 

 

  • Coughing 
  • Sneezing
  • Blowing your nose
  • Visiting a public place
  • Using public transport
  • Contact with others

 

It’s always a good idea to carry a hand sanitiser on your person too, just in case there are no handwashing facilities nearby. Remember, the sanitiser must contain at least 60% alcohol to kill any viruses and bacteria.

Avoid touching surfaces where possible

Another biggy, it’s recommended that you avoid touching surfaces in public places where at all possible. 

 

From handrails and lifts to doorknobs and public toilets, there’s plenty of high-contact surface areas that we come across day to day and during even the shortest of journeys that are going to need to be interacted with, however, there are means by which you can reduce contact even in these scenarios. 

 

  • Use disposable gloves when travelling and in public spaces
  • Install/use hygienic hand dryers and hand dryers with air filters
  • Keep antibacterial wipes on your person to wipe surfaces 
  • Carry a hand sanitiser with an alcohol level of at least 60%

 

Limit contact with others

Social distancing is another rule that’s long been repeated when it comes to COVID 19 guidelines, with people recommend to keep at least six feet or two metres away from others in public spaces, offices and educational facilities among other environments. 

 

We can help to limit contact with others by:

 

  • Wearing disposable gloves
  • Working from home where possible 
  • Avoid indoors contact with those who are not in your household or support bubble
  • Avoid organising or attending large gatherings of people 

Avoid touching your face

Simple yet effective, trying not to touch your face while out and about in public (particularly the eyes, nose and mouth) is recommended so as not to spread germs and potentially make yourself ill. 

 

Our hands come into contact with many surfaces throughout the day, making them incredibly susceptible to picking up all manner of viruses and bacteria – not just COVID 19. What’s more, these viruses can survive on your hands for days at a time if picked up; avoid touching the face and wash your hands as soon as possible to prevent contamination. 

Clean high-contact surfaces regularly 

Particularly important and easy to administer within the home or office, regularly cleaning surfaces with a quality antibacterial spray or wipe is a great way to make space safer. 

 

Not only does this apply to obvious surfaces such as desks, worktops, sinks, toilets and hand dryers, but it also extends to the likes of drawers, door handles and light switches too. 

 

Of course, you can’t really take your kitchen cupboard with you while out and about in public, but you can still clean surfaces before using or after coming into contact with them. There are many antibacterial wipes available now in a huge variety of sizes and scents, so popping a pack into your bag, briefcase or even pocket is definitely doable. 

Continue to wear a mask or face covering

Though restrictions are easing and businesses and facilities are beginning to reopen, we still need to err on the side of caution when it comes to interacting with surfaces and visiting spaces, particularly in public settings and especially where it may not be possible to maintain a distance of two metres. 

 

Face masks are a great preventative measure, but they’re only effective so long as the person wears them properly: 

 

  • Before wearing your mask, sanitise or wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Ensure that your mask covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between the face and the mask
  • Try to avoid touching the mask once you’re wearing it
  • Keep the mask dry, replacing it should it become damp
  • Remove your mask from the ears rather than the front 
  • Avoid reusing single-use face mask or coverings
  • Dispose of face masks in an appropriate bin and wash your hands after use 

 

For more advice and handy tips, as well as helpful information on many of our products, browse the BlowMotion blog page.