The coronavirus pandemic has run rampage throughout the globe, killing thousands of people and forcing millions to self-isolate at home.
If you’re one of those people to have been affected, which at this point is pretty much everyone, you will have probably found yourself recently looking to the future and actually getting excited about being back in the office again.
However, even when the lockdown restrictions are lifted and we can return to a sense of normality, it’s important to remember that viruses – including COVID-19 – can still lurk pretty much everywhere.
With this in mind, join us as we take a look at three hotspots around the office to watch out for, in order to keep away from coronavirus when you return to work.
1 – Desk.
Since office workers spend more time at their desk than anywhere else, it’ll probably come as no surprise that this area is riddled with more germs than anywhere else.
The phone is often the biggest culprit for potential contamination, with more than 25,000 organisms per square inch on its surface. Pens are another bacteria hotspot as well – something many of us like to chew on while thinking or simply feeling bored.
2 – Mouse & Keyboard.
Eating at the desk may sound enticing, but any crumbs you drop tend to get trapped. This, in turn, can lead to a build-up of bacteria which you then unknowingly interact with as you work.
Certain research studies have shown that there are more than 3,000 micro-organisms prevalent per square inch of a keyboard, and over 1,600 are prevalent per square inch of a computer mouse.
Considering how often you use both of these during the work day, that is a lot of bacteria to potentially come into contact with.
3 – Printer.
The office printer is frequently touched by multiple office workers, making it very easy for germs to transmit between colleagues.
Therefore, you should wash your hands or sanitise them using antibacterial gel after each time you use the printer. Or, to go the extra mile and help the health of your colleagues as well, wipe the printer down after each use.
If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your office space following the COVID-19 pandemic, our team here at MC Property Maintenance can help. As experts in DOFF Steam Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning and Pest Prevention, we can help ensure your building is safe and secure prior to your employees coming back in.
Please feel free to contact our team today with any questions or queries you might have.