When Sharing Isn't a Good Thing: Keeping Office Germs at Bay

When someone shows up sick to work, they usually end up spreading germs throughout the office. It’s no wonder that an estimated half of working American’s called in sick in the last year!

Bust Out the Wipes

Covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze should be common sense. But even the most cautious and considerate person cannot completely prevent microscopic bacteria from staying behind. In fact, viruses and bacteria can live two or more on office furniture, keyboards, and other surfaces.

Help yourself out by using alcohol-based wipes on your workspace and electronics – even your cellphone! For those times that contact with a sick co-worker cannot be helped, cleanse everything as soon as possible after they’ve shared any equipment with you. Keep a Safe Distance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infectious diseases spread through droplets, contact or airborne infections. Direct transmission occurs when someone comes in direct physical contact, or even close proximity with an infected person.

The best thing to do to prevent your virus from spreading if you’re sick? Stay home.

Mind Your Hands

Unsurprisingly, dirty hands are one of the most common ways for a disease to spread, considering they do, well, almost everything. Take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands with soap and warm water at every appropriate opportunity, and avoid wiping your eyes, eating, or touching face without doing so first. If for whatever reason you find yourself sink and soapless, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill germs. Skip the Sponge While most offices have a break room, kitchenware and cleaning supplies for convenience, these can be an invisible source of grossness. The worst offender? The sink sponge. The dampness creates a perfect environment for bacteria and disease to grow. Whenever you can, use disposable wares, or bring your own, to wash at home afterward.

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