Fending off the Germs at Work

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Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s photostream

Before we know it, winter will be in full swing and so will the germs that jump around in our offices.  None of us have the time to get sick but it won’t be long before someone close to you catches a bug you don’t want. Here are some ways that you can stay healthy and avoid the germs when you are at work.

Wash your hands – Yes this seems like a no brainer but many of us know at least one person who forgets this rule. Try to wash your hands throughout the day. For example when you get coffee or need a break from the computer.  After you finish washing, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the door.

Sanitize – Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers often. For example advanced hand sanitizer or Bath & Body Works waterless sanitizer smells great, plus the alcohol in them acts as an antiseptic.

Hands off – Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth with your fingers or hands, this just spreads the germs.

Wipe it Down – Use disinfecting wipes on commonly shared items. You should wipe down your desk and phones once a day, preferably at the end of the day, so not to over fume the office.

Vitamin C – Stock up on Vitamin C, either the vitamin itself or emergen- C. I do both just to have an extra barrier. Also citrus fruits, broccoli and baked potatoes are loaded with it!

Fresh Air – Open a window or door if you can. Fresh air won’t get rid of germs at work  but it will help circulate the air in your office.

Stay Home – If you still get sick, stay at home. We all want to put up a strong front, but with today’s advanced technology there is no excuse for coming in and infecting everyone. You can easily tele-commute from home or simply rest and get better.

Places to avoid and/or clean more often:
•    Phone
•    Desktop
•    Computer keyboard and mouse
•    Copy and fax machines
•    Elevator buttons
•    In the break room: Coffee pot handle, microwave buttons, sink area & table top

Good luck, everyone!

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