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Health and hygiene in public areas

The pandemic will change the way public health and hygiene is tackled for years to come. With the lockdown restrictions keeping the population isolated in their homes, public areas have seen the absence of activity. The events of the past year have been eye opening. We now pay more attention to our own personal health and hygiene as well as more attention to the standards of public health and hygiene in our surroundings. People will think twice before coming into contact with touch points, question whether it is safe to go out and feel uneasy over using public spaces when restrictions are lifted.

The only way to encourage people to use public spaces again is to provide reassurance that health and hygiene is a top priority. Although people will be more conscious of their own personal health and hygiene, it will also be the responsibility of those in charge of public spaces, such as airports and malls, to make an effort in safeguarding these areas. Ensuring high standards of public health and hygiene are maintained will increase confidence in the public and will aid in the post-pandemic transition to the “normal” lifestyle we all lived before.

Be sure to find out more on how Tweaq’s self cleaning door handle can enhance public places hygiene standards.

What is the problem with public health and hygiene?

Before the pandemic, statistics have shown that just 19% of the global population washed their hands with soap after using toilet facilities. Studies conducted over the course of the pandemic in April 2020 found that this number increased significantly, but only to 78%. This is still a shocking number as it implies more than 20% of people do not practice proper hand hygiene[1]. This is significantly consequential in public spaces as it means germs and illness inducing pathogens are spreading and will continue to spread in the population through contact of touch points in public spaces.

Overwhelming investments have been made to improve hand washing facilities in public spaces and this is an effort which has been seen in shopping centres across the country. Hand sanitising stations have popped up at entrances of restaurants, shopping centres and parks, yet it is still an improbable feat to guarantee every person will use them. The only way to ensure touch points are kept clean is to implement a regular cleaning regime. Another impossible task is having a person clean a touch point every time it is used. The only way to overcome this challenge is to automate it. Incorporate smart technology. Enhance usability.

How Tweaq is the solution

Tweaq have revolutionised the conventional door handle, taking IoT technology and implementing it where it can be most useful. A door handle is one of the most common touch points people come into contact with in public spaces but tend to avoid if they can. Just think how many people actually avoid going to the toilet just because they do not want to touch a dirty door handle!

Tweaq’s Touch 1 can make users confident in open doors that many other people have touched without worrying about germs spreading. Once a person uses Touch 1, the handle is awakened by the internal sensors which triggers the disinfection process. The pump irrigates the sponge located inside the magnetic ring with an antibacterial solution. Ultimately, disinfecting the door handle’s surface by eliminating 99.9% of bacteria and viruses in just under 3 seconds.
Tweaq’s revolutionary self cleaning door handle is a perfect solution to the need for better public health and hygiene as it can guarantee to reduce the spread of diseases and infections via contact with touch points. Meet the Tweaq Touch 1 now.

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