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G Thing: How to stay safe from COVID-19 in an elevator

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 12:58:33-04

NEW YORK — As offices start to reopen, the question on many people's mind is should I take the elevator?

For many of us working in high-rise buildings, the elevator is a necessity.

Tonight, a top doctor at Northwell Health shows us what to do to keep safe and healthy once the elevator doors shut.

For people in cities like New York, getting back and forth to work during a pandemic may mean taking several elevator rides a day to and from their offices. So how do we protect ourselves?

Pulmonary critical care physician, Dr. Sameer Khanijo from North Shore Hospital, said there's at least one thing everyone must do.

“Wearing a mask is vital, especially in an enclosed space like an elevator.”

When it comes to pushing the button?

“Using a knuckle works, using an elbow works but make sure you use hand sanitizer or Purell after. The virus lives on surfaces, buttons, walls on the ceiling of the elevator and hangs around in the air from someone in elevator before you.”

And that's why a mask is so important to decrease the viral spread along with proper handwashing.

Dr. Khanijo said now is the time to exercise patience. If the elevator is at capacity, wait and take the next one.

Correction: This story has been updated with the proper spelling of the physician's name.