It’s that time of the year again when it seems a lot of people around you are getting sick, they are sick, or they’re getting over being sick. If you’re at work and you want to avoid catching a cold, there are some practical things you can do to avoid getting sick.
Did you know that people can spread their illness to others up to six feet away? So if a co-worker is coughing or sneezing, steer clear of them! Obviously it’s best to avoid close personal contact with someone who is sick at work. That means don’t touch them or their phone, keyboard, mouse or desk. Wherever their germs are is a place you don’t want to be.
When people talk, cough or sneeze they are putting their germs in the air. Others around them often end up inhaling them through their mouth or nose. Furthermore, if you touch a contaminated surface that hasn’t been sanitized for your protection, and then you touch your eyes, mouth or nose, you could easily get sick. So don’t do that.
Carry around a little bottle of hand sanitizer and use it often when you start noticing your co-workers are using up sick days quicker than you use up data on your smartphone. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, too, especially if you’ve touched an elevator button, a doorknob or an appliance in the break room touched by someone who is coughing, sneezing or sniffling. Rather than just run your hands under a faucet for two seconds like so many people do, it’s best to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. And of course, make sure to keep your personal office furniture clean and sanitary. These simple things can help you avoid getting the common cold at work.