As stores, restaurants, schools, and offices adjust to the current landscape, one goal remains: to keep people safe. A lot of effort goes into safely reopening public spaces: Furniture has to be reorganized, health protocols need to accommodate the changes brought by COVID-19, and foot traffic needs to be rearranged to encourage social distancing. 

But ultimately, the effectiveness of these COVID-19 measures lies in people’s willingness to comply. The greatest challenge then is in convincing people to make changes in their behavior, but that is easier said than done. 

COVID has indeed taken on a whole new dimension and people won’t really know the extent of its effects until it affects you and someone you know. Our founder and CEO Zachary Green can attest to that. That is why it has been Lumaware’s goal to show the importance of COVID-19 safety measures and to do our part in keeping the public safe. 

When developing our ClearGuard brand, we wanted to have a tagline that would be a clear reminder for both businesses and individuals on the best way to deal with COVID. As Zach puts it, “I’m a big fan of remembering everything in groups of three.”  After all, most of us learned “Stop, Drop, and Roll” from a firefighter. What better way to remember the key rules for COVID safety than with the letters ABC:  Avoid, Block, and Clean.

A is for AVOID

Limiting close contact with others and employing social distancing is still the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

The CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet or about 2 arm lengths from other people in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The effectiveness of social distancing lies in the way the coronavirus spreads. When an infected person coughs, sneezes, or simply talks, droplets containing the virus are launched from their nose or mouth into the air and could land into the noses and mouths of people nearby. Social distancing helps limit the chances of contact with these infected droplets and reduce the risk of contracting COVID. But for situations where you can’t maintain the 6 feet minimum distance per CDC guidelines, that’s where the B comes in.

B is for Block

There are many instances and activities where maintaining social distancing can be impossible. And sometimes, due to personal habits, we do not always remember to do so. For this reason, the CDC, WHO, and many other health agencies recommend using barriers to further mitigate the risks of contracting COVID. 

ClearGuard Protective Barrier in action.

Masks are the simplest barrier that can help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others. Several studies have shown that masks worn over the nose and mouth reduce the spray of droplets when coughing, sneezing, and talking.

Aside from masks, physical barriers can also be used to intercept respiratory droplets and maintain a safe distance. These barriers are usually made of acrylic or plexiglass, which is lighter and has greater resistance compared to glass.

C is for Clean

Schools, offices, restaurants, and retail businesses are all high traffic areas. Because of this, there are objects and surfaces that will be frequently touched, such as doorknobs, handles, and tabletops, and have a high risk of contamination. Cleaning these surfaces with disinfectant will further reduce the transmission of viruses, bacteria, and other contagions.

The EPA has provided a list of disinfectants that can be used to sanitize surfaces. 

Other cleaning methods include foggers, electrostatic sprayers, and high-intensity UV light devices. Of course, the best cleaning precaution that individuals can do is frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For instances when there is no soap and water available, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs in your hands.

At Lumaware, safety is our number one priority. We hope that by listing these simple ABCs of COVID-19, we can help you remember the best ways you can protect yourself from contracting this deadly disease.

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