Preventing the spread of disease pathogens is the subject of a Time Magazine article featuring an old friend, the University of Arizona's Dr. Charles Gerba.
While the article (with the above name) is directed at consumers, not at my commercial cleaning industry, it highlights several items of concern that I had not thought of: for instance, cell phones. Ponder that for a minute - your phone is in your hand, up against mouth, nose and ear. And how often do we borrow a companion's phone, for a quick call? Or to say "Hi" to the mutual friend he's talking to? How often do you (or that companion) clean and sanitize the phone?
Fortunately, adequate sanitizing is simple - just wipe the phone with a sanitizing wipe. I shall start.
Gerba mentions picking up germs on one's hands while out and about. You really don't want to transfer the the critters to your home or office. So, wash your hands first thing on returning.
Think about your kitchen chopping board, or the scrub brush by the sink. You never get them really clean, so toss them in the dishwasher.
We've one innovation to add. We furnish our janitorial service crews with a sanitizing hand lotion. Unlike alcohol based hand sanitizers, which kill pathogens only at the moment of use, the lotion (it's actually a barrier lotion) provides protection for several hours. Our crews use it under their latex gloves, for protection in case of a hole or tear in the glove, and for protection while taking the gloves off (recall that the nurses in Texas who contracted Ebola apparently did so while disrobing). I keep a small bottle of the stuff in my car, for use before visiting a client, doing a Chamber of Commerce "meet and greet" session, and before church (we do a lot of hugging and hand shaking).
Haven't had a cold in well over a year. Fingers crossed.