Steps to Avoid Getting Sick

Image of sick businesswoman sneezing while her partner looking at her with anxiety in office
In an office, full of people who are sneezing and coughing, how can you avoid getting sick? Here are a few simple things you can do.

1. Avoid places where people — and germs — hang out.

The door handles of your pantry cupboards and buttons on copy machines are hotbeds of germs. In fact, many other pieces of office equipment that anyone else touches are a germ haven. Now you may want to hole up in your office for weeks at a time, this probably won’t work. Simply try not to spend too much time in high-trafficked areas, and wash your hands after touching shared surfaces.

2. Sanitize your hands before eating or touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Alcohol-based sanitizer is considered a highly effective way of reducing the number of germs on your hands. Good old soap and water is the preferred cleansing method, but hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can work as well if need be. While sanitizing after every handshake might seem a bit crazy, be sure and use something. but certainly, use something, if possible wash your hands with soap and water before you touch your face.

If your company does not have sanitizer already available in your workplace, you can keep a small container on your desk. At One Stop we have all your hand sanitizer needs. Check out http://shop.op247.com/7701/WSCatalog/DoSearch?query=Hand+Sanitizers, and while you’re at it be sure and add lots of soft tissues for that soar nose.

3. Clean all your door knobs, computers, and other office surfaces regularly.

Many offices have some sort of cleaning company who comes in to get trash, clean bathrooms. Clean kitchens and vacuum. However, they often do not clean common surfaces that many people touch daily basis — elevator buttons, door knobs, sink handles, computer keyboards, light switches, etc. — so don’t make any assumptions. You can request a quote to have these areas cleaned. In the meantime, you can make a point of daily wiping down your own workstation with sanitizer or a similar disinfectant.

4. Go get your flu shot.

There is some controversy about the flu shot and while it’s true that the seasonal flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective, getting a shot is as much about protecting others as it is about helping yourself. While the flu shot may not deter you from getting the flu, it is said to help you recover quicker.

5. Don’t be afraid to call in sick for a day or work from home.

Yes, many of us don’t want to disappoint our bosses and call in sick, but when you come to work and potentially infect others, you cost the company more money. Unsure of when to call in? Coughing, sneezing, and vomiting, stay home. Remember that your sickness affects not only you but everyone around you. The last thing you want to do is drag yourself to work and then infect half a dozen coworkers with your cold or flu. Don’t have any sick days left? Talk with your superior and see if you can work from home.

Remember it’s not possible to wrap yourself in a bubble to avoid getting sick, but you can take some precautionary measures to fight off any germs coming your way.

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