Two weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a “global health emergency.” There have now been over 60,000 cases globally leading to over 1,300 deaths. Symptoms include pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and even kidney failure. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China, but what is happening in other countries,” said the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. While there are still many unknowns, cases have now been reported in five WHO regions and human-to-human transmission has occurred outside Wuhan and outside China.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged the danger of the coronavirus spreading from person to person. One of the ways that they say the coronavirus can typically be spread is by “touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands” One of the best ways to prevent this is to frequently disinfect commonly touched surfaces. However, many of our most commonly used devices rarely get cleaned and never get disinfected. Devices such as phones, keyboards and computer mice get used for years without being disinfected a single time. This poses a serious public health risk.
The most common reason why people don’t disinfect their keyboards, mice and mobile devices is not ignorance, it is actually because they are afraid to damage their expensive devices. The fact is that pretty much every smartphone manufacturer including Apple and Samsung and most keyboard manufacturers actually advise against disinfecting the devices, due to them not being resistant against cleaning products. This is a major public health concern, not only because of the coronavirus but because of the flu and many common illnesses that spread in a given year.
Seal Shield has anticipated this threat for many years and has perfected the washable keyboards and washable mice. Though they are used in hospitals and health systems worldwide, they also have application in any office or home setting due to their impact on hand hygiene. These keyboards feature antimicrobial product protection as well as the ability to withstand harsh cleaning products and even be soaked in bleach. For those who wish to stop two of the most dangerous cross-contamination points in 2020, these are the best tools available.
Another major public health concern lies in touchscreens. Phones and tablets are the two biggest devices that come to mind and for good reason. They have become an extension of people’s hands, yet they are not disinfected as commonly as hands are, if ever. What does not get talked about nearly as much are the touchscreens that have become a part of the retail and restaurant experience. People who eat at many fast food restaurants now order their food on a touchscreen and people who opt for self-checkout at grocery stores and retailers are also putting their hands on touchscreens that likely never get disinfected.
Seal Shield has taken note of this enormous gap in hand hygiene and has developed a solution that works for all kinds of touchscreens from the size of an Apple Watch all the way to an enormous seventy-plus inch television. The latest and greatest in screen protection, Seal Screen, represents a completely new category of custom screen protectors.
The protectors are custom made to fit and like the medical-grade keyboards and mice, they come with incredible anti-microbial product protection. Also, on top of providing the impact strength and durability that you would expect from a screen protector, they also allow devices the ability to be cleaned with harsh cleaning products.
The coronavirus is an extremely serious epidemic, but by improving your hand hygiene and eliminating certain cross-contamination points you can be better prepared to avoid being exposed to the virus.