Healthy Habits: Preventing Cold and Flu Germs in the Work Place

Cold and Flu

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tricky to navigate worldwide. As we begin to slowly return to our so-called normal routines many of our companies are requesting that we return to the office. Not only are cold and flu germs even more predominant during these colder winter months, but we are also still at risk of contracting COVID-19. Adopting good health habits can often prevent the spread of unwanted germs and flu. Infection’s specialist Jesse Couk, M.D., suggest that “Many infections are spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or throwing up. We may also risk contamination when we share equipment such as a printer, phone or keyboard”. The tips and resources below will assist you understanding how you can help prevent unwelcome illnesses.

Wash your hands

Regularly wash your hands throughout the day. Washing your hands before and after you eat can prevent the transfer of germs from your hands. If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitiser. Keep a small sanitiser in your handbag or briefcase for ease of access when you are in other public spaces and unable to wash your hands.

Stay home when you are feeling sick

Sick employees should be asked to stay home to prevent the spread of clod and flu germs. Employees who appear to have a flu symptom upon arrival or become sick during the work day should be promptly separated from others and return home or schedule a doctor’s appointment.

Wipe down & disinfect surfaces

Clean down shared workspaces, keyboards, computers and phones with a disinfectant wipe or spray. Here at Chemstrat we offer an extensive range of disinfectant cleaners. Communal areas are the perfect place for the transferal of cold and flu bacteria many individuals existing in that space.  

Avoid close contact or hand shaking

While shaking hands is a common greeting world-wide, COVID-19 has shown us that this is one of the easiest ways to transfer germs to others. Waving or using a simple first pound is a suitable way to greet instead. In addition to this, again avoid close contact or handshaking with people who are sick. If you feel unwell, also avoid coming into close contact with others.

Regularly ventilate high traffic areas

Crowded areas are prime environments for the easy transfer of cold and flu germs. While holding conferences, meetings and other group gatherings, ensure you ventilate the space properly. Or better yet, hold big gatherings in an open-air location instead of indoors.

Practise good health habits at home

Make a point of cleaning down frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school. Consider getting flu vaccines for you and the family members, and ensure you are sleeping and exercising regularly to maintain a strong immune system. Manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and maintain a nutritional diet.