How to Reduce the Spread of Colds and Viruses in the Workplace
While you do your best to protect your workers while they perform their duties i, it’s not always possible to protect them from getting a cold or the flu.
Yet, when one worker gets sick, it’s important that employers and workers do all they can to prevent the illness from spreading to more people.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu viruses are spread when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. Flu viruses can also be spread when people touch an infected object and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. People who have the flu can infect others as early as one day before they show any flu symptoms.
The CDC offers these simple tips to prevent the spread of germs and the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick so you don’t infect others.
- Cover your nose and mouth.
- Clean your hands. Wash them frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits, such as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in the workplace.
Preventive practices are really the key to keeping your workers healthy. Encourage workers to stay away from the workplace when they are sick and effectively disinfect all surfaces that may contain germs.
PS. Something Extra
Early signs of the flu include:
- sudden fever (usually above 100°F [38°C])
- scratchy or sore throat
- muscle or body aches
- runny nose