The high and low risk of transmitting the Corona virus, especially in closed spaces, is influenced by various factors. However, by always implementing health protocols, the risk of transmission can be reduced.
Shortly after office activities began to be active again, news circulated that several office buildings had become new clusters of COVID-19. This certainly raises concerns for office workers.
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Corona virus transmission can occur between humans through sprinkling of phlegm or saliva of COVID-19 sufferers when coughing or sneezing. This virus is also believed to be able to float in the air and survive for some time, especially in closed spaces, such as offices or offices mall.
However, as long as the health protocols are implemented, the risk of transmitting the Corona virus can be minimized and you can still work or carry out activities in closed places, as long as you avoid crowds.
High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission
According to WHO, the Corona virus can indeed float and stay in the air in an enclosed space for several hours. The virus can also stick to surfaces, such as doorknobs or tables, and cause infection in people who touch them and then touch their nose, mouth, or eyes without washing their hands first.
The risk of transmitting COVID-19 also increases when physical distancing not applied. The more people gather in one closed room, the higher the risk of transmission of this virus, especially since asymptomatic cases of infection are starting to be found.
Not only that, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 will also be higher if people in the room don't wear masks, don't keep their distance, and don't maintain cleanliness by washing their hands regularly or using hand sanitizer. hand sanitizer.
However, several studies show that the rate of transmission of COVID-19 is actually quite low, which is around 2.5%, if the sufferer is in contact with other people who do not live with them. Meanwhile, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 can increase by about 17% to other people who live in the same house as the sufferer, due to close contact for a long time.
In order to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, you are advised to always follow health protocols. If you are forced to have contact with other people, remember to limit contact time to a maximum of 15 minutes.
Reducing the Risk of Corona Virus Transmission
In order to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in confined spaces, it is recommended that you implement the following measures:
1. Make sure the room ventilation is good
Ventilation is an important factor that must always be monitored to prevent the spread of the Corona virus in the room. Good ventilation facilitates the exchange of air from inside to outside the room, so that contaminated air can be immediately replaced with new air.
There are several ways to ensure proper air exchange in an enclosed space, including:
- Always open the room window or use exhaust fan for air-conditioned rooms.
- Clean the air filter on the air conditioner regularly.
- Choose an air conditioner with technology that can filter out small particles, including viruses.
2. Wear a mask at all times
You are advised to always wear a mask when outside the house, especially when interacting with other people. If you wear a cloth mask, don't forget to replace it with a new mask and wash the used mask immediately when it gets dirty or after more than 4 hours.
3. Apply social distancing protocol (physical distancing)
The closer you are when interacting with other people, the greater your risk of being infected with the Corona virus. Therefore, always maintain a physical distance from other people, at least 1.5–2 meters, especially in a closed, unventilated room.
4. Limit the number of direct interactions
Interacting with many people can increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19, especially if you don't keep your distance from other people and don't wear a mask. Therefore, avoid crowded places or crowds, to prevent you from contracting the Corona virus.
5. Avoid too long interacting with other people
The increasing number of cases of people without symptoms makes us always have to be vigilant when interacting with other people. Therefore, limit direct contact with other people in closed spaces, to no more than 15 minutes, to reduce the risk of transmitting the Corona virus.
If you have important things to talk about, you can use the features video call or meeting by on line to reduce direct contact.
6. Clean the room regularly
Routinely cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces of objects in the room that are often touched by many people, such as tables, chairs and doorknobs, is an important precaution to take.
To clean the room, you can use a disinfectant product with 70% alcohol content.
7. Wash your hands regularly
No less important in reducing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is diligently washing hands. This is one effective way to reduce the risk of transmitting the Corona virus.
You can wash your hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds or clean your hands using hand sanitizer with a minimum alcohol content of 60%.
The risk of transmitting COVID-19 is indeed higher in a closed room than in the open. However, you can minimize these risks by always implementing the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
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