Tips for Fighting the Cold and Flu at Work

What you need to do to keep from getting sick

Where people are gathered together, the cold or flu bug can't be far away.

"You're getting exposed to germs pretty much everywhere you go," said Megan Spurling with Sharp Healthcare. She says that is why it is more important than ever to practice "good hand hygiene."

Health professionals agree that regular hand washing is the most effective way to fight the spread of colds and flu. Spurling says when at work, take advantage of opportunities to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 15 to 20 seconds.

When you are not washing your hands, use sanitizer after touching common areas. Places like handrails, keyboards, and elevator buttons can be a gathering area for germs. It is recommended to use sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.

One of the most important things to do to avoid getting sick is not to touch your face.

"Because when you touch your face, your mouth, even your eyes, you can absorb germs that can actually result in you starting to have a cold or flu," said Spurling.

Other tips include keeping your distance from co-workers. Spurling says you should keep at least three feet between you and others to avoid catching their cold.

And don't forget a flu shot. While people are still getting flu, the shot can help.

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