Mama Was Right: Wash Your Hands!
- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On March 9, 2020
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At the beginning of this year, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 began making headlines as it spread rapidly in China. The U.S. Center for Disease Control launched an Incident Management System on January 7th and activated their Emergency Operations Center on January 21st, an indication of just how quickly the situation was evolving. Travel restrictions and medical personnel protocol emerged. Cruise ships docked with passengers exhibiting symptoms, leading to quarantine situations even here in the states. It seemed as though every day some new story hit the news cycle.
Meanwhile, the American public was divided on how to react. Some people are downplaying the severity of the disease and the possibility of pandemic. Others are rushing to local stores to stock up on hand sanitizer, toilet paper, bottled water, and other essentials.
If you find yourself caught between the two social camps of “persistently paranoid” and “obliviously unconcerned,” you’re likely in the majority. Most people want to simply be prepared. Perhaps even cautious.
In spite of the sensationalism, the CDC has maintained its message since day one and that’s to ask the public to please, like your mama taught you, wash your hands. Unfortunately, this is where the story gets a little shocking… stores are running out of hand soap. And here’s my question: Were all of these people not washing their hands before coronavirus hit the news?
If you are the facilities manager for an organization of any kind–from school to business–this is information worth noting. Hand washing is the number one offense against a novel virus that is impacting everything from vacation plans to stock markets. If hand washing is such an important step in combating a serious worldwide pandemic threat, shouldn’t encouraging hand washing be one of the top priorities in your organization at all times?
Sonlight Cleaning Services, despite being in the commercial cleaning business for over 30 years, is still a family business. And as a family business, we believe you should always listen to mama and wash your hands! While you may not be able to station her in each and every room to monitor people’s hygiene, there are several steps you can take as a facilities manager to encourage good disease-prevention practices among your visitors, students, guests, or employees.
- Keep paper towels and hand soap stocked in bathrooms and break rooms. In high-traffic facilities, Sonlight’s day porter service ensures that these essentials are always available.
- Station hand sanitizing stations strategically in your building. Sonlight is a Jan San supplier, meaning we will take care of the reordering for your facilities before you run out.
- Disinfect daily. No matter how strongly you encourage good habits, there will be people who fail to follow through.
Call Sonlight Cleaning Services for your free quote today!