By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
As this post is about to be published, developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak here in Chicago and around the nation evolve at a rapid pace, literally sometimes by the minute.
So, no need to provide any linked references to news reports. Just google to learn updates if you prefer.
The purpose of this post is twofold: 1) To pose questions on how our society, our way of interacting with each other, our lives will change once this pandemic has concluded. 2) To offer three ways to help keep the virus at bay.
And, the pandemic will end. It will end.
Questions I have are:
- Interpersonal Greetings: People interact physically as a matter of custom. Will handshakes, hugs, double pecks on the cheek and other physical forms of greeting be halted forever?
- Crime and Disobedience: Authorities are calling for people to stay confined as much as possible. Will there be fewer robberies, burglaries, physical assaults and other criminal activities?
- Making an Entrance. Door handles and knobs are potential harbors of bad stuff, like the virus. Will using your elbow, hip or foot replace using your hand to open a door?
What suggestions can you add to this list?
Last week, I published a post on the importance of responsible communications to help mitigate the crisis ahead and provide the sharing of accurate information. In that post I also provided a simple suggestion on keeping the virus off your hands.
Now, onto three more ways to help reduce the chance you’ll get the virus by contact.
1. Go to Glasses. A long-time contact lens wearer, I also own several pair of eye glasses. Until this pandemic is history, I’ll wear glasses — one way to prevent touching my eyes.
2. Care When Using Digital Menu Boards. Yes, these relatively new devices may make ordering food and other stuff or buying a ticket easier and quicker. But think about this: Lots of people touch the screens! Wear gloves or use a napkin. Or, enter the field with your knuckle.
3. Plastic Coated Restaurant Menus. From a similar perspective, many casual restaurants offer guests a menu that’s coated in plastic. Use sanitizer or wash your hands immediately after handling one of these menus.
Stay safe. Stay calm. Stay focused.