Where are you at the highest risk for exposure to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)? Some situations are riskier than others when it comes to potential coronavirus infection, and it’s important to be educated about all aspects of exposure.
As the country re-opens, experts warn that Americans need to take precautions to avoid catching the COVID-19 coronavirus. Indoor, enclosed areas with limited air circulation are riskier than outdoor areas. Some of the biggest outbreaks that have been reported and traced occurred in prisons, religious ceremonies, choir practices, and large family gatherings.
Case studies that traced back COVID-19 outbreaks at the beginning of the pandemic have found that the main sources of infections in the community lead back to the workplace, public transportation, social gatherings, and restaurants. All of these indoor environments have limited air circulation, with many people spending a prolonged period of time in one place. We’ve gathered recommendations from a wide variety of sources on the highest risk areas for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).
Avoid Public Restrooms
Public restrooms are one of the biggest challenges to dining out, going to a doctor’s appointment, or going back to the office. Public restrooms are a tight, intimate, and potentially germ-infested space.
Health officials say public restrooms can be dangerous because coronavirus spreads in close contact. Qingyan Chen, a Purdue University engineering professor who studies disease spread, says to avoid public restrooms. In an interview with Forbes, Chen advised:
“Public bathrooms should be avoided, but if you must use one, waiting two minutes between users is optimal.”
Hair and Nail Salons
It’s impossible to socially distance when you get your hair, nails, or any other salon service done. Nail and hair salons can be potential hotspots for COVID-19, so make sure the salons you visit are taking precautions.
Public transportation can be a hotspot for the virus, due to poor airflow in the small, enclosed spaces and the fact that it isn’t possible to disinfect contaminated surfaces in between riders.
Read more about high-risk areas and recommendations.
Keep Your Business Safer
Digital Aerolus has an indoor drone with UVC LEDs that is being used to disinfect and combat COVID-19. Digital Aerolus developed the Aertos 120-UVC to disinfect spaces that are high risk for exposure to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Find out more about the UVC disinfection drone here.
The graphic below offers context on the capabilities of the UVC disinfection drone.