It is that time of year. Everyone is sick. Everyone’s kids are sick. Sounds of coughing and sneezing fill your ears from every corner of the office. You are just waiting for the aches and runny nose to commence.  Well – let’s try to be optimistic. Maybe you will be one of the “lucky ones” who walks away unscathed. There are a few things you can do to lessen your chances of catching any nasties going around the office, such as:

  • Wash and sanitize your hands. Keep hand sanitizer on your desk and use it after touching other people’s belongings such as their keyboard, mouse, phone, etc. If someone goes home or is out sick, sanitize their workspace (as long as they don’t object!) by spraying a product such as Lysol to rid the area of any germs.
  • Wipe down and sanitize heavily used objects.  Door knobs, phones, faucet handles – you get the picture. Anything that people are constantly touching needs to get wiped down!
  • Stay home if you are very sick.   Don’t try to “tough it out” if you have a fever and feel very ill. Stay home and rest.  Your co-workers will thank you for trying to prevent the spread of any illness.
  • Don’t shake hands or touch anyone.  Minimal contact means minimal spread of germs!
  • Cover your cough. Cough into your arm or shoulder to avoid spraying germs into the air.

There is no foolproof solution to avoid catching the common virus going around, but taking these measures will certainly help. Sometimes it is inevitable to take a sick day. Just remember – rest is best!

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