Flu season is once again the most hated time of year. People are becoming more concerned about this disease as they see the tragic flu deaths of one in a million on every news site, social media feed, online publication, and news station. The easiest way to get it is from others. It’s possible to catch it from others who have it. It is possible to catch the flu from coworkers who are sick, as most people spend most of their time at work with them. Although it may seem like the best way to prevent getting sick at work is to share a bottle with your coworkers, there are many other ways you can help.
Exercise Common Courtesy
Although this may seem obvious, many people forget that others can also get sick when they are sick. To prevent germs from spreading, cover your mouth if you are sneezing at work. You can cover your mouth with a tissue, but if there isn’t one or you have a sneaky attack of coughing, your arm or hand will work. It’s easy to forget that you must wash your hands afterward and end up continuing with your work.
Stay at home
Everybody knows what it is like to work in a room with someone who is coughing up a lung or sneezing as if they have an allergic reaction. You might tell them to go home but, being polite, you will usually just have to continue working or pop an Airborne in your water. It is best to avoid working if you feel you could get sick. Many companies offer vacation and sick days to full-time employees. Make sure you take advantage of this time to get better. It is better to take a break and relax than to try to endure the stress and long hours of work. Ask your boss if you are allowed to take a few hours off work or a half-day off if you do not have sick leave. As everyone has been in the same position before, he/she will likely be able to understand.
Do Not Touch Your Face
This tip is the easiest to forget, but it is also the fastest and easiest way to get sick. Because touching your face is an unconscious habit that has become a part of our daily lives, it is important to stop doing it. While it may seem tempting to touch your face with your hand, germs can get into your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Keep Your Workspace Clear
Although it can be difficult to do, it is essential to maintain a clean workspace. Your keyboard and mouse are in constant contact with many people throughout the week. It is easy to forget to wash your hands after a sneeze or use the bathroom. To prevent germs, use a Lysol wipe at least once per week to clean your keyboard, mouse and desk. Even if your office accessories are not shared with coworkers, it is possible to infect yourself with previous illnesses or germs that you didn’t know about while you were working. Instead of blaming yourself for being “too busy”, take some time to clean on Fridays. You will see the time go faster.
Hands are the primary carriers of viruses and germs, so it is crucial to clean them regularly. It takes only 21 days to form a routine. It takes just 21 days to form a habit of washing your hands after eating, when you go to the bathroom, after handling trash, or after you blow your nose. To be extra careful, make sure you have a paper towel ready for use before you wash your hands. Next, wash your hands for at most 20 seconds. Make sure you rub your hands together thoroughly. Then, you can use your paper towel to wipe your hands and turn off the water tap.
Get enough sleep, exercise, and eat healthy
Every time you see your doctor, they will tell you that healthy eating, eight hours of sleep per night, and exercise are the best ways to prevent illness. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that you get at least one hour of exercise each day. This could mean going for a walk in the lunch break or hitting the gym after work. According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people who are more physically fit are less likely to get a cold and have milder symptoms when they do. It is recommended to drink eight glasses of water daily and eat a balanced diet. If you are older than 5, pretending to be allergic to fruits and vegetables is no longer an option.
These tips will help you to be less sick or even more resistant to the illness of your coworkers.