Disinfecting and cleaning should become the ‘new normal’

COVID-19 is temporarily forcing everyone into a ‘new normal’ where everyone needs to social distance, wear masks and avoid large crowds. This has people wondering what life will be like post COVID-19 and what the ‘new normal’ will look like.

Cleaning and disinfecting should become a part of the ‘new normal’ now and after the Coronavirus pandemic is over to help stop any spread of COVID-19 as well as other bacteria and viruses.
Because of the Coronavirus many businesses, stores and public spaces are being cleaned and disinfected frequently to help ensure that employees and customers can stay safe when they’re out in public.
According to CBS New York, one way New York City is helping to prevent people from the Coronavirus is by shutting down the Subway stations each night to disinfect all of the trains.
In doing so, they’re also working on ways to help clean and disinfect trains even after the Coronavirus pandemic is over and full service resumes.
In addition to public spaces being disinfected, multiple businesses are also taking steps to increase and improve how they clean and disinfect workplaces to help keep employees and customers safe.
According to Businesswire, a survey that was recently conducted by OpenWorks found that 83% of business leaders that were surveyed said that it will be “likely” or “very likely” that once they reopen they will increase the frequency of how often their buildings are cleaned.
“In addition, 94% of those leaders surveyed plan to add regular disinfection to their cleaning programs,” Businesswire reported.
And these new plans should stay long after the Coronavirus pandemic is over because this will help prevent people from contracting COVID-19 as well other kinds of bacteria and viruses.
“Workplaces are moving from basic, manual cleaning procedures, like vacuuming and wiping down surfaces, into specialized, more advanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting. It’s a trend we don’t see waning any time soon,” OpenWorks CEO Eric Roudi said in an interview with Businesswire.
This is crucial because the virus can live on multiple surfaces, a study conducted by the CDC found that the Coronavirus can live up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and it can live up to two to three days on stainless steel and plastic.
It’s necessary to kill this virus because “it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” Businesswire reported.
As a result, many Americans should start taking their own precautions in addition to businesses because the virus could live on home surfaces.
According to the Huffington Post, you should regularly disinfect surfaces and items that you regularly touch.
“When we are talking about high-touch surfaces, we mean doorknobs, tables, sinks, light switches, remote controls, toilets, handles to anything, cabinets,” assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Alexa Mieses said in an interview with the Huffington post.
One item you should really be disinfecting is your cell phone because you’re constantly touching and using it.
According to Reader’s Digest, “Scientists at the University of Arizona found that your phone is ten times dirtier than most toilet seats.”
This is why we need to start cleaning and disinfecting items that we use everyday and why we need to wash our hands.
“Your phone is exposed to everything you touch. What’s on your hands is on your phone,” Adriana Catinari Whoosh! Product Manager said in an interview with Reader’s Digest. “Health-care experts stress that washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best defense against the spread of germs that cause sicknesses and viruses to spread.”