For many essential workers, it’s not easy to come home and relax right away. This is especially true for those in the medical field. No matter where you work, it’s important to properly decontaminate upon arriving home to lower the risk of exposure to those living with you. Here are some daily habits to practice during the pandemic.
Preparing to Go to Work
If you are able to go to work without a watch or jewelry, leave them at home. This will lower the chances of virus particles sticking on them. Bring lunch in a disposable bag and practice proper hygiene while at work. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds at a time and keep sanitizer nearby.
Keep disinfectant and sanitizer handy at all times. Regularly wipe down your work space with disinfecting wipes and if you are in an area where you deal with customers, regularly disinfect spots they might touch frequently such as keypads. After touching frequently used items, step away to wash your hands thoroughly.
Avoid handshakes during meetings. Most coworkers and customers understand this by now, but try to contain any people-pleasing tendencies you may have and leave the greetings at a nod and a smile (behind your mask, of course). Use social distancing practices of 6’ apart whenever possible.
Clean your lunch space before and after eating, and dispose of all garbage properly.
Leave any name tags or badges at work, if possible. If you do bring them home, disinfect them before going inside along with your phone and other electronics. If you have a spare change of clothes, put them on in the garage and leave your work clothes outside. Bring them in with a pair of gloves on and send them straight to the washing machine with bleach, if possible. Leave your work shoes outside as well and spray them. If you have time, jump in the shower immediately for extra precaution. If you wear a reusable mask, wash it after every use.
These steps may not be ideal for everyone, but do what you can to stay safe at work and at home.