Of course, you want to stay healthy. However, if your job brings you into close contact with other people, this can be a challenge. Protect both yourself and others by using these five tips to stop the spread of germs at work.
Wash Your Hands
You’ve heard this before, and it’s true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.” Wash your hands before eating or handling food and after using the bathroom or touching something that may be dirty. Also, remember, PROPER hand washing is important. The CDC recommends wetting your hands with water, applying soap, scrubbing for at least twenty seconds, rinsing and drying. If you’re not sure how long twenty seconds is, simply hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Put Hand Sanitizer in Convenient Locations
Although hand sanitizer isn’t as effective at killing germs as hand washing, it’s better than nothing at all. Try to keep a mini hand sanitizer in your desk or pocket. And, ask your employer to strategically place larger pump bottles in high-traffic areas like break rooms and conference areas. For the best results, look for products containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
Clean Your Workspace Regularly
Even if your workspace looks tidy, it can be home to thousands of bacteria, viruses and other microbes. In fact, a 2016 study found a typical office computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Yuck! So, break out those antibacterial wipes and disinfect any commonly used surfaces including doorknobs, desks, tables, keyboards, mice and phones.
Keep Your Hands Away from Your Face
Research shows, “people who occasionally touch their eyes and nose are 41 percent more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections.” This makes sense since germs often enter your system through your eyes, nose or mouth. If you do sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue and throw it away. Or, if you can’t find a tissue in time, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve rather than your hands.
Stay Home When You are Sick
Being dedicated to your job is admirable but showing up to work when you aren’t feeling well is thoughtless. Not only will you be underperforming, but also you will be infecting everyone around you with your illness. This leads to lower productivity all around. Keep your germs to yourself, stay home and focus on getting better. Ultimately, your boss and your coworkers will thank you.
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