Flu Etiquette

Five Tips to Avoid Spreading the Flu

Posted by Liz Taylor Jan 08, 2013

Is the flu currently traveling around your office? In the United States, 5-20% of the population will get the flu this season. Here are my top five tips to avoid spreading this terrible virus:

1.)    Don’t show up to work if you aren’t feeling well. Let your supervisor know you might have the flu. Go to the doctor immediately to avoid spreading the disease.

2.)    Don’t attend social functions if you aren’t feeling well. According to Infection Control Today, a survey found that while 81 percent of people agree that a person with the flu should cancel social obligations when she or he is sick; 64 percent of those who had the flu in the past three years admit to being “That Guy” who despite experiencing flu symptoms, continue to go about his or her daily activities.

3.)    If you need to cough or sneeze, cough into your arm, not your hands where you risk touching many things that might spread the virus.

4.)    Clean common items you touch with your hands often; cell phones, counter and desktop spaces, computer keyboards, etc. If you are a health club member, wipe down all of your equipment when you are finished using it. 

5.)    Use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently.

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