Might there be a silver lining to COVID-19?
Yes! Going forward, we’re all going to live in a much cleaner and safer world. In both personal and public hygiene, we have become ultra-aware of the need to wash our hands, clean common-contact surfaces, and direct our respiratory exhaust away from others. It’s reasonable to believe these fundamental changes will stay a part of our culture even long after we have ‘conquered’ the current epidemic.
Yet while most facilities managers have been diligent about installing mitigating practices in their buildings, such as wiping down shopping carts and counter surfaces, one common-contact point shared by all facilities has been ‘systemically’ ignored: the entrance door handles.
A bit puzzling, because although there are many surfaces in any building that are points of possible contagion, the one surface that every visitor must touch is the handle that gets them into their now pristine building. Truth is, it is simply impractical to disinfect the doors between each and every visitor. And certainly not cost effective.
So, Is there a material that doesn’t have to be disinfected every time someone touches it?