Half the year has gone by with the coronavirus pandemic, yet it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. With lockdowns lifted almost everywhere, people are going back to their normal routines as they did before the pandemic. As a result they are operating elevators frequently either in their apartment complex or offices. As per research, elevators could become hot spots of COVID-19 spread.(Link To News Article)
Elevators and Coronavirus Incidents
The surface of elevator buttons can host viruses and germs for up to three days. Elevator buttons have a high potential risk of contamination with the virus. If your hands become contaminated and you touch your face, you run a risk of getting affected. In this situation, the safety of elevators which are used by hundreds of people everyday must be ensured for continuing usage. Here are a few incidents that have unfortunately contributed to the pandemic.
Elevator spread of Covid-19 in Heilongjiang, China
A Chinese woman who was asymptomatic and didn’t come into close contact with anyone, spread the coronavirus to 71 people. Having traveled from China, she was required to home quarantine, however came into contact with the apartment elevator thus spreading the virus. (Link To News Article)
Elevator spread of Covid-19 in Telengana, India
As many as 20 individuals were affected and tested positive for coronavirus after using the same elevator in an apartment complex in Khammam, Telengana. A single resident living in the fifth floor of the five story building spread the virus to other residents. The infected people when questioned and said that they hadn’t come into contact with any of their neighbors. The ground floor residents remained unaffected showing clearly that the virus spread through the elevator. (Link To News Article)
Elevator spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai, India
Many offices in a complex in Mantralaya, Mumbai have had to shut or partially operate due to the wide-scale spread of the coronavirus. One of the biggest hazards of Covid-19 in Mantralaya are the elevators. Office employees say that they have to use elevators which are rarely disinfected. Another employee at a ministers office in the complex said that many people visit them and that it's unavoidable. For some people, using the stairs is an option but not in case of the nineteen-story building in which case they have to use the lift. Shortage of staff has lead to infrequent sanitation. (Link To News Article)
How can this be Controlled?
Public surfaces carry infections. No matter how often they are sanitized and cleaned, it is better to avoid contact with them at all costs. This is where technology comes into play. Contactless technologies and solutions are paving the way forward to a new normal where safety comes first. In case of elevators, there are many new technologies which are coming into the market, but none as simplified and easy to use as ELSafe.
What is ELSafe?
ELSafe by Toyama is a contactless solution to operate your elevators. A simple process by which you scan a QR code beside the elevator to get the controls onto your ELSafe mobile application which is available both on android and apple phones. ELSafe serves as a contactless digital extension of the actual buttons without hindering their use. An easy to use and reliable technology solution which helps keep you and others safe during this ongoing pandemic and in the future.
How you can get ELSafe
In addition to the QR codes and the ELSafe app, the main component of ELSafe contactless solution is the controller. Easy to Install, the controller is of two different types based on the type of your elevator. If it is a parallel elevator, then the internet ELSafe controller is the right fit. If it is a serial elevator, either internet or bluetooth controllers can be used. More details can be obtained here.
What are some other simple ways to stay safe?
- Try at best to avoid riding riding the elevator along with another person.
- Avoid using the lift in rush hours
- Always wear a mask inside the elevator, even if you are riding alone. This will not only protect you from the last passenger but also the next from germs.
- Maintain as much distance as possible by standing on opposite corners of the lift without coming into contact with the walls
- Do not touch your face after touching the buttons or rails, wash your hands thoroughly after using.
- Avoid talking in the elevator