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Tips to reduce Coronavirus cases in the office.


The rapid spread of the coronavirus and the illness it causes called COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency. The UK has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases.

We have heard about hand gel and washing your hands frequently.

But what else we could do? Let`s talk about germs first.

Did you know? The average desk contains 400 times more germs than a toilet seat. Research revealed that more than two thirds of office workers are at risk of sickness due to dirty desks.

They found the average sneeze or cough can send around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. These germs can carry viruses, such as Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), influenza etc. So the main mode of transmission is respiratory droplets.

It might also be possible to catch COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus has recently landed and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Clean office worktop with the right cleaner detergent

First of all it matters what kind of desk you use in your office, and this can be the base point. A lot of the cleaning contractors are afraid to use chemicals on furniture. The reason is simple, they think the desk will get damaged. It’s actually true. The cheapest desks are often  made from melamine faced boards(MFC) , that are not really designed for office worktops, as  it is possible to damage with chemicals. The material that is designed for work surface is high pressure laminates (HPL). HPL is resistant and hygienic and dense surface. The surfaces are generally easy to clean and resistance to chemicals. So when you planning to purchase office furniture the first think you need to check is it made from MFC or HPL.

Clean mugs properly

Offices mugs can look unsavoury very quickly, particularly if you don’t have a dishwasher. How about that mould growing on the coffee dregs in a long-abandoned mug? Simple rinsing may not remove a colleague’s germs. And the outside surface of the mug could become contaminated by their hands. If they had COVID-19, you could get their germs.

Open plan offices

Open-plan offices are so visually distracting and noisy that people can’t concentrate. They allow germs to spread which can result in greater absenteeism and huge reductions in overall productivity. It`s not easy to keep germs from spreading in the open office environment.

 Modular pods

Architects have designed a series of modular pods that are a mix between an open desk cluster and a cubicle: each pod fits a small group of desks ,belonging to one team. The walls around the cube have inset panels to keep germs from spreading between teams and create more visual privacy as well. It’s simply too expensive for most companies, especially startups.

Bespoke office desk

The bespoke office desk is the most effective alternative to keep germs away. Your employees will love being in the office, with the high level of comfort that they get from bespoke furniture. The design fits everyone’s requirements. A bespoke office desk can be fitted with an  office screen as a barrier to sound and help to reduce the spread of germs. Bespoke office worktops can be made from HPL.

Work at home

You need to stay healthy; there can be an option to work at home or you are willing to stay home when you are sick anyway. It is important that sick workers stay home, not only for their own health, but to prevent spreading germs among otherwise healthy workers in the office.

Ok Joinery can design manufacture and install built-in bespoke office furniture and bespoke office worktops for your spare room or any room in your home.

Take a look below at previous examples of our work:

Folding desk in the conservatory

Bespoke office furniture

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