What Every Residence Hall Should be Doing to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

by | Oct 2, 2020 | disinfectant, schools

This semester, many colleges across the nation are doing everything they can to protect their students from COVID-19. 

From offering online courses and frequently disinfecting residence halls, to enforcing masks and temperature checks on campus, the majority of schools are pulling out all the stops to keep their employees and students safe.  

But several aren’t.

A recent article published by The Daily Texan has called out the University of Texas for its lack of dorm safety during COVID. Fortunately for you, it’s not too late to start protecting your residence halls. 

Avoid making the same mistakes as UT

It’s the little things, like providing your students with health resources or distributing free hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and masks, that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in dorm halls. 

However, UT has not provided its on-campus residents with any supplies. 

As a result, 11+ dorm residents tested positive for the Coronavirus in less than a month after school started. 

Students’ lives are in danger, and without access to the proper safety supplies, dorm safety will plummet while this number continues to skyrocket. 

UT cleaning staff has also failed its on-campus residents by only disinfecting communal spaces. They’re currently spending their time sanitizing door knobs, faucets, handles, elevators, and water fountains in highly-trafficked areas three times per day. 

Unfortunately, this is not enough. 

If the hallways and communal spaces have been disinfected, but the individual dorm rooms haven’t, all of your hard work is essentially for nothing if your students are still living in contaminated rooms. 

While disinfecting each and every dorm room may sound impossible and like an invasion of privacy, it doesn’t have to be. As long as you supply your residents with the proper materials, you can leave this responsibility up to them. 

Provide your students with the proper supplies

With students spending the majority of their time this semester cooped up in their rooms, it’s vital that they’re given the proper materials to practice dorm safety and sanitation. Given that most college students are tight on cash, the likelihood that they’ll purchase disinfectant for themselves is very low–especially while it’s still so hard to find.

If they can find it, chances are that they won’t use it properly. 

Think about it: Do you really trust your busy college students to let their disinfected surfaces dry for the proper amount of time before throwing their books back on top of them? 

This is just as bad as not disinfecting at all.

Thankfully, these three easy steps can help your students protect their dorm rooms from viruses, bacteria, mold, and mildew for up to 90 days: 

  1. Spray or wipe down the disinfectant of your choice.

     

  2. Once it’s dry, spray OMNIShield over top.
  3. Let dry for at least 5 minutes.

OMNIShield is a groundbreaking protectant spray that binds to traditional disinfectant, locking it in and shielding your surfaces from viruses and bacteria for up to 3 months. This means that your residents will only need to reapply it 4 times per year.

The less frequently they’ll need to apply it, the better. Your students are much more likely to commit to a regimen that only needs to be repeated twice per semester, rather than having to spray or wipe down their rooms every day. 

To increase the likelihood that your students will follow this regimen, consider creating a campus event (socially distanced, of course) at least twice per semester to hand out free supplies and cleaning instructions to residents.

How to disinfect your residence hall only 4 times per year

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in your residence halls, you will need to disinfect and protect every square inch–including each individual dorm room. 

Don’t be like UT and waste your money by disinfecting the same few areas 3 times per day (1,091 per school year), when you really only need to do so quarterly with OMNIShield. 

That’s thousands of dollars and hours that can now be reinvested into other methods of keeping your students safe, like temperature screening kiosks.

Hospitals, hotels, and schools across the nation trust OMNIShield to keep their facilities safe from viruses, mold, and bacteria. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s safe for students to handle and will not harm the environment, making it the ideal choice when it comes to protecting your residents.

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Make sure your students and staff are protected this year without spending more money (that you simply don’t have), or wasting time using disinfecting methods that are actually making your school more vulnerable to an outbreak.

Try OMNIShield. This innovative protectant spray shields your surfaces from viruses and bacteria for up to 90 days, unlike common disinfectants that only last for a few hours (if even). 

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