[Originally posted on May 12th, 2020]
In this short YouTube movie “Corona Virus, how to reduce the risk of contamination through object and your hands” (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS) I talk about how Corona viruses can be transmitted from surfaces to your hands, and how to counter this through hand-washing.
As the author of the 2010 corona-pandemic novel TWO JOURNEYS, and as a biologist with 20 years of laboratory experience with microorganisms, viruses and radioactivity, I provide some insights on how viruses may contaminate us as individuals. I am not a medical doctor: as a scientist my general advice is to always listen to the experts, such as the WHO or your government. However, as my work in the lab has taught me, you should always work from the premise that any object that has been touched by other people has to be considered contaminated (the same is true for any object that you touch with unwashed hands). That is one of the key ways to stay safe.
What I do not mention in the movie is that several surfaces in your surroundings are potentially high risk. From my lab experience working, when for instance radioactivity was accidentally spilled, my colleagues and I usually found the highest levels of contamination on the surfaces that people touch, sometimes without noticing. So always clean:
- Water taps / water handles
- Any button, switch or keys on any appliance. Here you can think about: the buttons on your espresso machine, the door of your fridge, the flush button on your toilet, the buttons in the elevator.
- Also consider the car steering wheel, the gear stick, car door-handles (in- and outside), or the handles on your bike.
As Alan, the hero of TWO JOURNEYS says: Stay Healthy, Stay Sane. Let’s kill this bastard virus!
Also see this blog post:
The Corona Pandemic and How it Affects All of Us – link
The Corona Pandemic. A View from the Edge – link