We’re doing all we can, and following the government guidelines of spending longer washing our hands, ensuring that we sneeze and cough into our arms, and generally avoiding as much skin-to-skin contact as possible, but what about the desks we sit at?
Incredibly, a recent study by the University of Arizona as discovered that the average workspace desktop has upwards of 21,000 germs per square inch; in comparison, an office toilet seat has 49. Naturally, this is quite a shocking number, but at the same time it’s not too surprising.
How many times a day does someone drop by and touch your desk? What about all those times you’ve touched your mouth, eyes etc. then placed your hands on your desk? We even eat at our desks, placing our sandwich down on the surface. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.
We should be keeping our workspaces clean anyway, but in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we need to be extra vigilant. We can’t stop the spread, but we can lessen its impact. So here are some general tips on keeping your desktop clean:
Take time each day to ensure you wipe down your desk, keyboard, mouse, phone and other equipment you touch regularly, with a good antibacterial wipe.
- Make sure you keep washing your hands after going to the toilet, and in this case, if you touch someone else.
- Try and avoid hand contact.
- Make sure that you wash mugs, cutlery and other such items well in hot soapy water.
- Keep food in plastic containers, and don’t eat at your desk.
For cleaning your keyboard, make sure it’s unplugged from the computer, then turn it upside down and shake it to remove any loose debris (if you have a can of compressed air, gently spray – just take care not to spread the bits across the office). Use an antibacterial wipe across the keys, in between the keys if possible, and around the plastic surface of the keyboard. Plug it back in when you’re done.
Do the same with your mouse.
If you don’t have any antibacterial wipes, you can always use lemon juice and cotton buds, or cooled water from a boiled kettle, and add some lemon juice. Dip into it with a cloth and wipe the surface. Lemon is a natural antibacterial agent.
It may seem like the above is a little extreme, but let’s take into consideration those who we could infect that aren’t strong enough to fight off the virus. Stay clean, and stay safe.