Elevator buttons have always been a bed of microbial and viral contamination.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink safe living and adopt better hygienic practices in our everyday lives.
Fear may pass, the threat of infection lives on.
It won’t be long before we ditch our tooth picks and keys and go back to touching lift buttons.
Health and Safety Tips
One of the biggest danger zones is the plastic button you push to whisk you to your floor. The hard plastic these buttons are made of can maintain active coronavirus cells for up to 48 hours. Medical officials urge people to use a knuckle, rather than a fingertip, to hit the call button or to designate a floor. So think twice before you start punching buttons.
When discussing cross-contamination problems in hospitals, it is often the little things that get left out of the picture. With one in every 25 patients developing a hospital-acquired infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finding these hidden sources is a critical issue.
Once the epitome of efficiency for moving masses of people quickly to where they needed to go, the elevator is the antithesis of social distancing and a risk-multiplying bottleneck. As America begins to open up, the newest conundrum for employers is how to safely transport people in elevators and manage the crowd of people waiting for them.