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It’s that time again. You’re sitting at your desk, when a sneeze gusts over from the cubicle to your right. You notice a gentle hum of sniffles hanging in the office air. The undetectable cloud of germs is surely encircling you now as the hopelessness of flu season sets in. But just because your officemates are dropping like flies doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. We’ve got six helpful tips for warding off a cold or flu (and six that’ll help you get better if you do get sick).
2. Get a Flu Shot
This is a no-brainer. Flu shots have been known to help prevent not only influenza, but other illnesses as well. And not only are they becoming available at more and more locations (and even workplaces), your options are growing as well. If you typically avoid needles at all costs, try a nasal spray vaccine or the intradermal flu vaccine—administered with a needle that is 90% smaller than the one used for the traditional flu shot.
3. Avoid the Hot Spots
4. Wash Your Hands
Speaking of hand-washing—you might be tempted to keep an industrial sized hand sanitizer jug at your desk, but remember that sanitizer only kills bacteria, not viruses (like that stomach bug that’s been going around). Alcohol-based sanitizers are more effective, but nothing beats good ol’ hand washing. Head to the bathroom and lather up before eating, after staff meetings or meet-and-greets, after touching someone else’s desk or keyboard, and each time you use the restroom.
5. Sleep and Eat Well
I probably don’t need to tell you this, but it’s worth thinking twice about burning the midnight oil if you’re trying hard not to get sick. When your basic needs are met, your body functions at its best. Getting seven or more hours of sleep every night and eating a well-balanced diet gives your body the fuel and rest it needs to fight those germs.
6. Get Those D’s
The vitamins, that is. We’ve all heard that Vitamin C is the trick in fighting off illnesses, but studies show that Vitamin C hardly shortens the life of a cold in most people, except in adults of “extreme conditions,” such as marathon runners. Vitamin D, on the other hand, boosts your immune cells in the lining of your lungs to fight off viruses.
So what do you do if you’re not the one dodging the office cold, but the one who has it? Take one for the team, and consider what you can do to shorten your sickness and prevent its spreading. Our company offers cleaning services in a consistent basis. We understand your needs and can offer you reliability and peace of mind when it comes to the cleanliness of your building. Contact us today to get your customized plan!
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