How to Protect Your Office from Coronavirus


Many in Korea are on a rotational schedule alternating between work from home and work at the office. If we must go to the office, how do we put systems in place to reduce the risk of transmission?

One of the most dramatic pieces of equipment I’ve seen is an archway that blasts you with some disinfectant. Imagine walking through an airport metal detector, but instead of beeping, you’ll get a blast of smoke that’s supposed to kill viruses. Not sure how effective it is, but it’s reassuring that they’re going big if we all can’t go home.

Next, in order to make sure you can scan everyone’s temperature before they enter this archway of sterilization, you have to shut down all other entry points to the building. It forces everyone to go through the same entrance in the lobby.

Also, I’ve seen some buildings implement a tic-tac-toe square in the elevator to limit the number of riders to nine. Everyone gets their own square. It’s still a lot of people, but it certainly isn’t a sardine can of fifteen breathing all over each other.

In terms of contact tracing, you’re quite trackable if you’re going to your job. But guests can also be required to scan a QR code linked to Korea’s most popular messaging app, Kakao. Or you can use your Naver account’s QR code. Both apps require identity verification so relying on the app’s data has reduced a pain point in the contact tracing process.

everyone gets their own square in the elevator

Here’s my brief rundown on how one office building in Korea has been prepped against the coronavirus.


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