Preventing Summer Colds at Your Office
There’s arguably nothing worse than a summer cold. At a time when you should be enjoying all the fun perks of the sunshine and warm weather, all it takes is one sniffle or one sneeze to render the entire office completely helpless against this opportunistic virus. Preventing summer colds from making everyone at the office sick is a team effort, and everyone needs to work together to help keep this sickness at bay. These three rules can help prevent a minor cold turning into a major workplace disaster.
If You’re Sick, Stay Home
This is the first rule of preventing summer colds at the office, and for a good reason. Many people think that a cold is just a mild inconvenience, and they may not realize that vulnerable people may be particularly susceptible to this disease. A cold doesn’t just stay between staff; it’s a gregarious virus and will also infect their entire families. That can mean that you may unintentionally infect both children and elderly people with your cold if you show up to work sick. If you start to notice the early signs of a cold (including sneezing, runny nose, a sore throat, and coughing) coming on, for the sake of your coworkers and their families, please stay home.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
What do you think is the germiest part of your office? If you guessed the bathroom, think again! While the bathroom certainly is teeming with bacteria, it’s not actually the biggest vector in your office. Common equipment – such as phones, copiers, and staplers – are more likely to infect you. If you come in contact with any of these items, be sure you wash your hands right away. Use soap and warm water, and make sure you get all surfaces of your hands. Scrub for at least twenty seconds to ensure you’re removing all bacteria from them. In a pinch, hand sanitizer can also do the trick. By making sure you keep your hands clean, you can help keep your office running smoothly throughout cold season!
Have the Office Professionally Cleaned
If a summer cold has already taken its grip on your office, then you may need extra assistance in banishing all evidence of this nasty virus. While you should take care to wipe surfaces down after using them, especially if you suspect that somebody with a cold has touched them, it’s no match for a thorough cleaning from a professional. That’s where we step in. We have the skill and expertise to help completely remove all evidence of the cold virus from your office, stopping the spread of this insidious bug before it takes over.