Preventing the spread of the flu virus is crucial for the health of your office staff. Experts say the best way to avoid the flu is to get the flu shot. Healthy habits help, but is there more you can do? An understanding of how flu spreads will help you in your flu prevention campaign.
How is the Flu Spread in Offices?
- Sneezing and coughing by an infected person can spread flu quickly. Droplets of virus get dispersed into the air.
- New studies have shown that influenza patients breathe the virus out through their mouths and noses in tiny particles that can stay suspended in the air for minutes or hours.
- Hands contaminated by the virus.
- The flu virus enters your body when you touch hands to your nose, eyes or mouth.
Best Flu Prevention – Wash Your Hands
“Covering your mouth and washing your hands are the 2 most important ways to stop the spread of the flu” says Trish M. Perl, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
More Tips to Prevent the Flu in Your Office
So here are our cold and flu prevention tips for the workplace.
- Encourage associates to get a flu shot. Flu risk is reduced up to 60% by vaccine. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot.
Provide employees with resources as to where they can get flu shots in their community.
- Limit transmission – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw it out.
- Wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water. Read here how to do a good job.
- Hand sanitizer does kill viruses. Dispensers at the entryway plus a few at strategic points in the office will send those germs to their doom.
- Review sick leave polices. Employees should stay home while they have a fever and for 24 hours after it’s gone.
- Provide resources and a work environment that promotes preventive actions to reduce the spread of flu. For example, provide tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, and/or hand sanitizer.
- Keep your hands away from your face. Germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Eat healthy balanced meals and drink plenty of fluids.
- Clean and disinfect all touched surfaces in the office.
This really depends on your situation. Ask our team whether disinfectant wipes, spray, or liquid is the best solution for you.
The Unisan Team