If you're diligent about clean hands, you understand how germs spread through hand contact. It's likely that you wash your hands before you eat food and after you sneeze. But what about after touching the object you interact with most often? Picture this. You walk into a grocery store with clean hands, and you contaminate them by touching a cart handle. Then you grab your phone to check your grocery list or answer a text. There's bacteria on phones. Bam. You're back at square one. You now have dirty hands and a dirty device.
Is there anything we touch more throughout the day than our phones? Probably not. If you're an average user, you're tapping, typing, swiping and clicking over 2,600 times per day![i] Once you come in contact with contaminated surfaces, then grab your phone, it could then be the culprit for spreading germs. You're stuck in an endless loop of cross-contamination, but you don't have to be.
Get Charged Up for Good Hand Hygiene
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that touching a contaminated surface or object is how germs spread. You can help yourself, and those around you stay healthy by practicing good hand hygiene, including washing your hands often and routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces. "For example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics."[ii]
Let's start with CDC's recommendations for healthy hand hygiene. Help stop germs from spreading throughout your home, workplace or classroom by washing your hands during the key times you are likely to get and spread germs. This includes but is not limited to before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food, after using the toilet, and after coughing or sneezing.
Side Note: The CDC suggests humming the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice if you need a timer. Personally, we prefer to sing the chorus to "Charge Me Up" by Jennifer Lopez, but you do you. You can even generate your very own handwashing infographic based on your favorite song at washyourlyrics.com. Don't worry, the lyrics don't have to be clean, and we promise we won't judge your singing chops as long as you're washing those hands often.
For health care personnel, the CDC advises to use an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water:
- Before touching a patient, performing an aseptic task or handling invasive medical devices, and moving from work on a soiled body site to a clean body site on the same patient
- After touching a patient or the patient's immediate environment, contact with blood, body fluids, or contaminated surfaces and after glove removal
Guidelines spell out the importance of knowing what it could take to keep patients safe. "Studies show that some healthcare providers practice hand hygiene less than half of the times they should. Healthcare providers might need to clean their hands as many as 100 times per 12-hour shift, depending on the number of patients and intensity of care."[iii]
Touchless, 360-Degree Sanitization
Proper sanitization methods lower germs on a surface, which can reduce the risk of spreading germs. For electronics, the CDC guidelines recommend considering the use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens.[iv] However, to be effective, traditional wipes can take upwards of three minutes to disinfect. This time adds up for healthcare professionals, teachers and IT staff who need to sanitize multiple devices. If you're looking for a better way, the UVone UV-C disinfection for mobile devices works in just 30 seconds, making sanitization six times quicker than traditional wipes. Also, UV-C light disinfects in a consistent manner, making it more reliable and efficient than wipes—plus, it does not degrade the integrity of devices over time.
We understand the appeal of wanting to sanitize multiple devices at once, as some UV disinfection charging stations claim to do. However, we caution against buying a product that sounds too good to be true. It is incredibly challenging to disinfect with UV light inside of a cart. Racks and shelving can block UV-C light, so can other devices. Keep in mind; pathogens aren't just lingering on screens. They're all over your device. To disinfect an entire object, it must have 360-degree exposure to UV-C light rays. Think of it like putting a lid on a dirty pot and sticking it in the dishwasher. At the end of the cleaning cycle, the outside may be spotless, but the inside will be a dirty mess.
Also, if you utilize a UV disinfection station, but you have to physically touch the unit to open and close it, guess where you are? Back in the cycle of cross-contamination. With the UVone device disinfection, simply wave a hand above the system to open it, place the device inside, and then wave a hand again to close it. There's no need to ever physically touch the station.
Clean Hands, Clean Devices
Remember all of those key times throughout the day you're supposed to be washing your hands? Guess what? Healthy hand hygiene and device hygiene go hand-in-hand. While it may seem logical to disinfect devices overnight, disinfecting once per day may not be enough to stop the spread of viruses. As germs are spread by users touching devices multiple times a day, sanitizing them more often can prevent cross-contamination. Luckily, UVone's sleek design means it can be placed where it's most convenient and likely to be used, contributing to better sanitizing practices.
What if during the seconds that it takes to wash your hands, you could sanitize your device too? By the time it takes you to walk over to the sink and scrub up while singing the chorus of your favorite song, your UVone sanitized device will be even cleaner than your hands. Clean hands, clean device, and a swift end to the cycle of cross-contamination.
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Now that you know what clean hands and clean devices can do for you, contact us to learn more about the zero-touch, 360-degree disinfection for tablets, phones and mobile devices to a 5-log* kill in just 30 seconds.