2018 – Protecting yourself from Germs in the Workplace.
Did you know that:
- 59% of people go to work under-the-weather;
- 30% said they went in when ill because what they do is too important to the functioning of the company, and
- 20% said they went to work because they were too busy to take a sick day.
The survey also found that men were more likely than women to go to work sick.
Most workers may not realize that they may be doing more harm than good by not staying home when sick or infected, increasing the risk of contaminating surroundings and spreading viruses through coughs and sneezes.
The easiest way for workers to protect themselves from becoming sick at work is to “wash, wipe and sanitize,” three easy steps that reduce the chance of infection from colds and flu in the workplace by about 80 percent.
So, how can you stop viruses and other illness in your workplace?
1.) Maintain a supply of hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, soap, paper towels, and facial tissues — Make sure everyone understands they need to cover their mouths and noses with a tissue, and throw the tissue away right after use.
2.) Work from home, if possible — With most work today being done on computers and smart phones via email, virtual meetings, conference calls, online chat and more, it’s easier than ever for sick individuals to work from home while recuperating. Staying home not only allows an individual to recover faster, but also keep the illness from spreading.
3.) Keep a clean workspace — Aside from remembering to “wash, wipe and sanitize,” get in the habit of cleaning doorknobs, keyboards, pens and any other frequently touched items that may harbor germs.
While these proactive measures will go a long way in helping keep you and others healthy, there is no guarantee you won’t get sick. Visit your closest MHM Urgent Care as soon as possible (appointments are never needed) if you begin to feel ill or experience unusual symptoms such as:
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Itchy or sore throat
• Slight body aches or mild headache
• Watery eyes
• Low-grade fever
• Mild fatigue.
Catching a cold, flu or other illness early is critical in shortening your recovery time and our experienced physicians can usually have you back in action within one hour. Visit one of our convenient PMC Urgent Care Centers today.