As it stands, the world is striving to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, a pandemic caused by a virus that depends on close proximity between people to thrive.
We hope to return to an atmosphere of normalcy, but we are faced with a number of challenges. We can no longer interact with one another the way we used to. In addition, hygiene, both personal and general hygiene, has become of utmost importance. The WHO (World Health Organization) has made the importance of hygiene clear through the measures stated in their guidelines: frequent washing of hands, social distancing and overall hygiene.
In the quest to resume activities we used to carry out, we are threatened by a second wave of the pandemic which could ruin any chances of returning to life as we used to know it quick enough if we do not pay attention to our hygiene.
This new reality poses a danger when it comes to VR devices moving into a post-COVID world. Poor hygiene of VR devices used in different spheres of life could lead to further spreading of the virus, in turn elongating the pandemic. However, all hope is not lost. There is an apparent way out and that way is to improve VR hygiene practices and incorporate them into our routines.
How do you do this? How do you ensure proper hygiene is maintained in a field that requires the sharing of devices between persons?
Practices that can be employed in making VR devices clean and hygienic are split into 2 phases –the basic practices and the advanced practices.
Leading the way with UV-C technology is CleanBox which features a fully encompassed case that users can put their VR headsets inside. Their system then uses UV-C rays to remove all bacteria that may be on the devices. They are labelled as the “smart tech hygiene for the disinfecting of AR/VR HMDs, communication headsets, small electronics, eyewear & masks.”
Beyond all of these, one thing is paramount and that is the fact the customers must gain the assurance that all measures possible are being taken to ensure their safety and well-being. This comes down to incorporating these practices into your work routine. The staff must understand that it is now a priority to maintain proper hygiene of VR devices by cleaning and sanitizing them regularly. It is now up to everyone to make it their duty to put these cleaning standards in place and follow them effectively. This will boost the confidence and assurance that customers have concerning their health and safety being regarded in high esteem.
In summary, this pandemic has brought a new reality upon us and this new reality can be pretty challenging. Despite the difficulty it poses, we have to adapt. We may not have a life as we used to but we must do things differently. The health of customers has become a top priority and the customer must be assured of that fact.
Based on every practice listed above, you need to create your checklist and be sure to have every item checked.
Moving forward, in the post-COVID world, some things will eventually normalize but some others are here to stay like the importance and value placed on health and the role hygiene has to play in maintaining it. These practices are required to maintain the health of customers even as more events begin to unfold.