RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – As many businesses reopen, doing it safely is the number one goal. But some things get overlooked.
Nurse Jessica Villegas said the chances of cross contamination are high. Therefore, she and other nurses are volunteering their time to educate small businesses on properly implementing safety measures at their establishments.
“There are little things people are doing. I notice that cashiers are handling money, credit cards, food. Even though they’re wearing gloves they’re not aware that they’re still transferring germs to one client to another,” Villegas explained over a Zoom interview.
She said this gives an opportunity of cross-contamination which can be prevented by changing gloves after every customer, making sure hands are washed frequently, and frequently touched surfaces are disinfected after every customer interaction.
“Those also need to be disinfected or cleansed, customers come on a regular basis,” she added.
Villegas encourages businesses to keep practicing a proper hand wash routine which is the best form of protection.
“If you’re serving this stuff and your hands are clean you probably don’t have to wash them that frequently but if you’re dealing with different customers between customers, I would suggest maybe some hand sanitizer or some routine where you’re constantly disinfecting and cleaning the area,” she explained.
Efforts she hopes are picked up by the public in order to help decrease the spread of COVID 19 in the community.
For those interested in receiving this educational help from the nurses you can email Jessica Villegas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.