One of the benefits of working in a Food and Medical Packaging environment in times of COVID-19 is that you are around caring, careful professionals who have a number of hygiene best practices in their muscle memory. The rest of us normal folks have faced the onerous task of learning completely new behaviors. Don’t touch your face! Easier said than done. Disinfect gym equipment! But will the provided baby wipes do the trick? (they won’t – baby wipes are non-alcoholic, non-chemical for good reason!) What about takeaway now that restaurants are closed? A better option despite the fact you queue with a large number of people and Jack-the-Chef may have coughed in your soup or sneezed onto your doggy bag?
Disseminating fact from fiction is equally difficult at times. For where there is news that reports cause for concern, there are trolls. My mechanism to cope with the latter is to stick with one source of information and thus to avoid the slippery slope to despair that I would surely slide down if I spent my mornings reading ALL of the different news on the latest developments. For the former, I have developed easy checklists based on best practices by a number of people with better habits than my own: doctors, specialists who work in packaging clean rooms, and a virologist friend.
There is a lot of information on what to do and not do while out in public. Somehow there is precious little advice for when the front door of our home slams shut behind us. Here is my list on how I handle myself and all goods that I bring through that front door. During a pandemic. Not under normal circumstances. I’m not mad.
At a time like this human compassion and ingenuity face a true test. The commitment of front-line workers is a true inspiration. So is the speed at which companies innovate with the Covid Emergency Ventilator and the Virus-Killing Snood just two examples from the UK. There has long been a pleasant myth about Gin Tonic helping against malaria infections. While science agrees that all England’s favorite drink does is to alleviate the worry of catching an infection, the fact that gin distilleries across the country have started producing hand sanitizer is certainly useful.
Once humanity collectively mobilizes against a common enemy, better times are surely ahead. In the meantime do stay safe, wash your hands, and sanitize your groceries.
Hery Henry | Head of Marketing and Corporate Responsibility | Wipak Group