Try These 7 Tips To Stay Healthy In The Office During Flu Season

It’s Flu Season, which means it’s time to step up your defense against germs in the workplace. You’ve read about how you should cover your hands when you sneeze and that you should wash your hands, but that’s not all there is to it. By following these 7 tips, you can do your part to help keep yourself and your coworkers healthy. 

1. Use Hand Sanitizer

Hands are dirty. In fact, they are downright filthy with germs. Each time we touch an object in our environment, we are cross-contaminating germs. We pick some up and leave some behind. So what does this mean for the workplace? It means that if James is a carrier for the Flu, touches his face and then touches the door handle, the next person who touches that door handle is at a greater risk of catching the virus.  

Using hand sanitizer is one of the most effective ways you can eliminate germs on your hands almost instantly. If using a reliable brand, one use of hand sanitizer can kill 99% of germs and bacteria living on your skin. Whether you use a personal hand sanitizer or take advantage of the office’s hand sanitizing station, making it a habit will help you keep illness at bay.  

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2. Wash Hands With Antimicrobial & Antibacterial Soap

According to the CDC, washing hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness. Making a habit of washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds each time you use the restroom is key to protecting yourself and others from the Flu. Better yet, when you use antibacterial and antimicrobial soap you take your defense against germs to the next level. These are designed not only to eliminate germs but to keep any remaining on your hands from multiplying. If everyone in the workplace washes their hands with these soaps after using the facility restroom, the workplace will be one step closer to a germ-free environment. 

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3. Switch To Antimicrobial Office Supplies

Like we said before, your hands are constantly touching things. In the office, it’s your standard office supplies that get handled the most. Switch them out for supplies coated with antimicrobial solution. They will look, feel and function the same, but germs on your hands will not transfer and cultivate on the surface. This way, if your coworker needs to borrow your stapler, the threat of infection spreading is lessened. 

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You can find antimicrobial supplies for just about anything in the office. However, the desk, keyboard, mouse, stapler and receptionist pens are notorious for being used throughout the day. By switching out at least these 4 items, you level up your defense against germs.  

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4. Choose Healthy Snacks & Drinks In The Breakroom

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates 

What you consume throughout the day will have a direct impact on your body’s immune system and overall health. Choosing foods rich in proteins, antioxidants and fiber will be far better than typical “junk food,” like chips and cookies, that are often stocked in breakrooms. Instead of coffee, try to make one of your “coffee breaks” a tea break. By drinking green and herbal tea, you bring in vital antioxidants and compounds that boost your immune system. 

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5. Make Your Personal Workstation Your Sanctuary

Your workstation is your home away from home, and during Flu Season you need to go the extra mile to make sure that it’s clean. You want to make sure that this is the one space in the office that you can call your haven away from germs. Be sure to wipe down your workstation at the end of each day with disinfectants. Keep a personal box of tissues so you have them on hand in case you have to sneeze. Line your trash bin to make emptying it cleaner and more sanitary. It’s little things like this that only take a moment to do but make a huge difference in your personal work environment. 

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6. Take Medicine

It happens—people get sick. If you feel symptoms of illness coming on in the office, but are socially distant, taking some medicine can help you make it through the afternoon. Although these aren’t cures for the cold or the Flu, they can help to alleviate the symptoms that would distract you from work (and keep you going if you’re working from home). 

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Whether in the corporate or home office, you should have the following medicinal products on hand. They will help you gauge your illness and relive the symptoms that come with it, like fever, coughing, sneezing and aches.  

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7. Work From Home If Feeling Unwell 

So far we’ve talked about what you can personally do to stay healthy. However, to ensure that they health of others in the workplace stays intact, it’s important to know when to stay out of the workplace. If you’re feeling unwell, the courteous thing to do is let your manager know and remain home until your doctor says that you are well enough to return to the workplace. Until that time, work from home if you can. Take the time you need for your body to fight off infection and get you back to proper health. 

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