Potential Points of Contact for the Spread of Covid-19


Like me, you still must go to work in this day of COVID-19. You are in a profession that can NOT close its doors or at least someone has to be there. That someone maybe you.


There are so many “opportunities” to spread disease that we don’t even think of. And even though we may not be able to 100% eliminate acquiring disease at work, there are certainly several ways we can decrease our risk of acquiring one.

In latest information on COVID-19 life outside the body, this virus can remain in the air up to 3 hours, on plastic up to 72 hours, stainless steel up to 72hours, copper up to 4 hours and cardboard up to 24 hours. Some studies state it can live up to 9 days on a counter….9 days.


That’s why it’s important to understand and realize where it resides and then take measures to prevent you contracting it and spreading it.


I want to share with you a number of places where you may not have thought of that the COVID-19 virus (or any contagious disease) may be in the work setting AND 6ways you can do your part to decrease contracting AND spreading COVID-10 virus or any contagious disease in the work setting.


Decrease spread of infection at work.


Here is a list of things that can hold viruses, bacteria, fungi in the office work setting. Just think before you touch.

1. Light switches
2. Doorknobs
3. Faucet handles
4. Toilet handles
5. Toilet seat
6. Telephone handle
7. Telephone keypads
8. Computer keyboards
9. Computer mouse
10. Desk drawer Handles
11. Fax Machine
12. Copier Handles
13. Chair Handles
14. Writing Pens/pencils
15. Eating utensils
16. Dishes
17. Stapler
18. Coffee Pot handles
19. Refrigerator handle
20. Microwave handle
21. Sanitizer Bottle
22. Cleaning supply containers
23. Keys
24. Counter tops
25. Cell Phone
26. Money
27. Credit cards
28. Money Bags
29. Checks
30. Cash register
31. Window Blinds rods
32. Lockers and locks
33. Cooking utensils


Mainly you can see handles are the big culprit. In this day and age of COVID-19; we have to be even more mindful these days of what we are touching.


Email me to add to the list. I appreciate your help on educating the public. Thanks.


Above all wash your hands thoroughly!


Take care.

Dr. Deitrick