How to Avoid Cold and Flu Outbreaks in the Office: TIp #1
All signs show that the Cold and Flu Season, the November- February period of high spread, is back, and it’s time to prepare.
Avoiding Contagion at Work
With so many viruses and germs, we must remember that they can spread on surfaces, through the air, and through people. The flu virus, for instance, is quite stubborn. It can survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours unless that surface is disinfected. To get the flu, you only need to touch a surface or object with the flu virus and then touch your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Or, like COVID, you can also get the flu from droplets created when others cough, sneeze or even talk within 6 feet of your person.
Regularly Clean and Disinfect Commonly Touched Surfaces
Viruses on door handles, light switches, handrails on stairs, and sink faucets can spread quickly in an office. Don’t forget elevator buttons, copiers, and printers, Cleaning any of these hard surfaces with disinfecting wipes can reduce surface contamination in these hot spots for germs.
Your janitorial team should be using the right products for suitable spaces. However, workplaces that provide ample supplies of disinfecting wipes throughout the facility enable your entire team to help reduce the spread of viruses proactively. According to a University of Arizona study, using a “wash, wipe, sanitize” protocol in the workplace reduced the probability of catching the flu or common cold by an impressive 80%.
Quick Tip: Remember to clean your keyboard, desktop, chair, arms, and mobile phone daily during flu season with a wipe that also disinfects.