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How to Avoid Getting Sick at Work

Germs are everywhere! How can you survive cold and flu season?
January 29, 2019
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It’s flu season. Germs are spreading and everywhere you turn someone else is calling out of work for a bug that sounds more viral than the last.

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We have great advice for making sure you make it through the season untouched by ailments.

Immunizations

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Make sure you get vaccinated to prevent catching and spreading illnesses to your friends and coworkers. Sometimes you can still catch certain sicknesses even after getting a shot, however, the vaccination will lessen the severity of the symptoms and help you recover faster.

Touching

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Flu germs can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours, and cold germs can survive up to a week. Unfortunately, you can't go the entire workday without touching anyone or anything. Wash hands as often as possible and carry hand sanitizers or keep disinfectant wipes at your desk. Above all else, touch your face as little as possible unless you've recently sanitized them as well.

All about the Greens

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This fight starts at home. Build resilience to germs by stocking your body with the vitamins it needs to repair itself. Green and leafy vegetables have shown to help your body repair immune system cells faster, thus making you less susceptible to viruses.

Distance

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If you see someone exhibiting signs of being unwell, it's best to try to stay away. On the flip side, if you are feeling under the weather, stay at home. The best way to prevent illness in the office is to keep it from getting there in the first place. If you're trying to keep a deadline, see if you can work from home. You can be productive all while keeping your coworkers safe.