How to Stop Spreading Germs at Work During Cold/Flu Season

Having the flu or a cold is awful. We’ve all been there. And when everyone at the office starts sick during cold/flu season you might understand why after seeing our latest infographic – Stop Spreading Germs: 7 Dirtiest Places in the Office.

In order to protect yourself and others from getting sick, we recommend these tips:

  1. Cover Your Mouth and Nose. To avoid spreading germs when sneezing and coughing, use the crook of your elbow (as opposed to your hands) or a tissue to cover your nose and mouth to prevent getting your germs on other people and things.
  2. Wash Your Hands. Frequently washing your hands with antibacterial soap for 20 seconds is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.
  3. Avoid Touching Face, Eyes, Nose, and Mouth. The CDC states that experts believe people might get the flu by touching the surface or object of something that has the flu virus on it and then touching their face, eyes, nose or mouth and getting sick.
  4. Stay Home When Sick, If Possible. To avoid spreading the flu to your coworkers and others around you, it’s advised to stay home when sick and to contain it from spreading.
  5. Avoid Close Contact. You’ve probably heard of a ‘personal bubble.’ This is a good rule of them to be aware of your personal bubble during cold/flu season to better contain germs and prevent them from spreading.
  6. Delete Particles From Keyboard. Use a canned air-container to clean out the particles that have fallen between the keys of your keyboard at work. Then use a sanitizing wipe or Q-tip dipped in cleaning solution to disinfect your keyboard. While you’re at it, sanitize your mouse, too.
  7. Regularly Clean. Set a recurring time on your calendar to regularly organize papers and sanitize your workspace. Focus on the items you handle the most i.e. keyboard, mouse, pens, cell phone, desk surface, etc. to sanitize and clean.
  8. Clean Like Molly Maid. Clean your office or workspace like the pros! Go from top to bottom, moving left to right. And don’t forget to sanitize door handles and door frames!

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by Molly Maid