As quality professionals, we have an opportunity to assist in battling the current outbreak.
The general public is being provided basic guidelines such as avoid going out in public, washing hands, don't touch the face, & maintain 6 ft distance from others. However, these common recommendations fall short of what people can do to interrupt the process of viral transmission.
We can provide more in-depth recommendations to the public to stop the spread, & in doing so, protect ourselves, & highlight the value of ASQ to the community.
I am proposing we quickly collaborate, agree upon & officially release a short set of additional recommendations such as:
1) Strict avoidance of public areas
2) Scrubbing all surface areas of hands & fingers for at least 20 seconds, using a paper towel to turn off manual water faucets.
3) Disinfecting all common touch points (light switches, counter tops, door knobs, etc.) every day.
4) Avoiding wearing rings, watches & bracelets in public; these areas where viruses & bacteria can avoid decontamination.
5) Disinfecting our phones at least once a day.
6) Designating one person to make necessary trips in public.
7) Refrain from wearing gloves in public. Use hand sanitizer, & scrub hands as soon as possible.
8) Wearing a mask (barrier) when in public to reduce transmission or spread of contagions (CDC is currently recommending covering with a bandana or scarf if nothing else is available https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html). Wash hands & decon mask after removal. Any barrier is better than no barrier.
9) Consider all public places to be contamination points.
This sounds extreme & late in timing, but current measures are insufficient. Can we collaborate on this & release an official ASQ recommendation to the public?
- John Karlin, RNC-NIC, CQPA