Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Virus Going Around the Office

In the midst of cough, cold and flu season it’s impossible to avoid getting sick. Everyone is contagious, so what can you do? Is getting a cold or even the flu inevitable? When you or one of your co-workers has a cough or other symptoms that suggest being contagious, you can protect yourself.

Avoid the Flu

Getting a flu shot is vital for anyone who is around contagious people. Since everyone is potentially contagious, even before they are aware of it, this means that getting a flu shot should be mandatory for everyone who isn’t prevented from getting one by a medical condition.

Stay Home If You’re Contagious

Sweat, chills and a temperature are fairly certain signs that you’re contagious. These symptoms should cause you to stay home. Of course, it isn’t just the flu that should keep you out of the office. A cold can be just as contagious. With congestion, a cough, a sore throat and plenty of misery, a cold can best be nursed at home.

Going Back to the Office

If you’ve had a cold for a few days, you’re probably all right to head back to the office. However, you’ll need to take care to spread germs as little as possible. It’s best to cough into your elbow crook or a tissue rather than the palm of your hand. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your face.

When a Co-Worker Has the Flu or a Cold

The constant cough, sniffles and sneezing are sure signs that someone is contagious. When a co-worker refuses to take their cough home, you have to protect yourself. Disinfect your desk, drink some green tea and snack on Greek yogurt to lessen your chances of getting sick. Wash your hands often, and you may avoid getting sick.

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