A few days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as a global pandemic. While the world is still coming to terms with that, they have also dropped another warning – the deadly COVID-19 can be spread through telephone, tables and desks.

According to the World Health Organization, people can contract the virus if droplets of infected fluid fell on nearby surfaces and objects such as desks, tables or telephones.

“People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. If they are standing within 1 or 2 meters of a person with COVID-19 they can catch it by breathing in droplets coughed out or exhaled by them.

In other words, COVID-19 spreads in a similar way to the flu. Most persons infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover… Risks of serious illness rises with age, people over 40 years seem to be more vulnerable. People with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.”

Since most people work from the office, it’s important you keep your workplace clean and hygienic. Surfaces such as desks and tables; objects such as telephones and keyboards should be wiped with disinfectant regularly. This is because contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways that COVID-19 can spread.

It’s therefore important for employees, contractors and customers to have access to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water and also make sanitizers accessible in your office. Provide face masks and tissue papers.

Let’s all be safe!