As restrictions start easing in communities around the country, people are still on high alert when it comes to public safety. Everywhere you look in public, there are signs advising proper behavior for limiting the spread of the virus, and you can’t turn on the TV without hearing the same. Since confined, public spaces are of particular concern, those residing in apartment complexes or dorm-style housing are wondering how to get their laundry done while adhering to all of the public safety guidelines. Here, we’ll take a look at the precautions you should take while doing laundry in public.
Wear a mask when inside
Although wearing face masks is a fundamental safety precaution in medical settings, it doesn’t often receive the same prevalence of use in public – that is until recently. Since masks help limit the spread of droplets from sneezes and coughs (common vectors for the virus), people have adopted the practice of wearing masks in nearly all aspects of their public lives. You can easily get a suitable mask online or at most grocery and convenience stores. It’s important to know what rules regarding face masks are in place in your local community and within your public laundry facility.
Don’t touch your face
Even before the recent outbreak, many people were conscious about touching their eyes, mouth, or nose when out in public. Between opening doors, changing machine settings, and paying, there are a lot of opportunities to pick up unwanted bacteria in germs when doing laundry in a shared space. Given the severity of this virus, the CDC has amplified these concerns by strongly encouraging people to refrain from touching their faces to help limit its spread. For this reason, it’s advisable to put your mask on before going into the shared laundry space and only removing it after you’ve disinfected your hands.
Disinfect your hands
It’s incredibly difficult to get your laundry done without touching at least a few surfaces. When using a shared laundry room, this greatly increases the chances of having bacteria spread from person to person via commonly-touched surfaces. Fortunately, there’s a good chance that the laundry facility you use is getting cleaned on a regular basis. But to give yourself an even greater level of protection, you should be disinfecting your hands immediately after leaving the laundry room. While using soap and water is ideal, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can also be used.
Avoid the busiest times
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in infectious diseases to know that the busier an area, the higher the risk of spreading germs. As most public laundry rooms are limited in size, it’s a good idea to avoid the busiest times. This not only limits the amount of contact you’ll have with other patrons, but it also ensures there’s a machine free – limiting the amount of time you have to spend there. If you’ve been a long-term resident, you probably already have a feel for what hours are the least busy. If not, very early in the morning and later in the night are always good bets
Keep your distance
Although you’ve already heard it a hundred times before, the importance of physical distancing bears repeating, especially when doing laundry in confined spaces. Keeping a safe distance – roughly 6 feet – from others in public drastically reduces the likelihood that undesirable germs and harmful bacteria can be spread, like viruses. With others adhering to the same guidelines, it shouldn’t be hard to maintain social distancing. It’s always a good idea to leave the laundry room while the cycle is still running to limit your contact with others.
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