Wednesday, January 16, 2013

11 Ways to Avoid the Flu at Work

Here at Datavo, we've been watching the news and flu season is in full effect with one of the worse outbreaks in recent history. Some states have called in a state of emergency due to number of people affected by the virus.

Here are some ways that you can avoid getting the flu at work.

  • Get a flu vaccination.
  • Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available especially after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
  • Keep your hands away from your face especially your nose, eyes and mouth as this is how germs spread easily.
  • Make sure to keep commonly touched surfaces sanitized, such as doorknobs, telephones, keyboards, etc.
  • Do not use your coworkers phones, offices, desks or other work tools unless necessary. If you must make sure to clean it first.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms do not go to work, stay home. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. 
  • Make sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet and rest.
  • Do not share drinks or personal items.
  • Stay hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water. 
  • Take vitamins, especially vitamin C or zinc.

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