Cold-and-flu season is here, and there’s one thing you can count on: People will get sick. And when they do, many will bring their germs to work , putting others at risk.
Many feel their role at work is too important too miss. A survey released today by Kimberly-Clark Professional found that 59 percent of people go to work when they’re sick. Three in 10 said it was because they were too important to the business operation, which prompts the question: Are their germs essential too?
Making personal contact with an infected employee or any object the’ve touched is all it takes to spread cold and flu germs around the office. Viruses on surfaces like sink faucets and door handles and vending machines, can spread rapidly. Studies have shown that workers are exposed to illness-causing bacteria right in their own break rooms or simply after handling an object an infected person sneezed on a few moments ago. But personal contact with an infected employee — a handshake, for example — is the most common way these
79 percent wash their hands after coming in contact with a sick colleague.
97 percent wash their hands after using the restroom as a way to avoid getting sick.
81 percent use a hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes.
84 percent said the top motivator for using products to avoid colds and the flu was easy access.
Containing a virus isn’t easy — especially within the workplace. But here’s some advice on how to prevent germs from spreading germs in the workplace
Cover your nose or mouth when you sneeze.
Throw away used tissue as soon as possible
Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, containers or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
Wash your hands.
Use soap and water to wash your hands. When you don’t have soap & water, use hand sanitizer.
Fight Back! Even if you’re not germ-obsessed usually, now might be a time to focus on disinfecting surfaces in your workspace. .
Watch what you touch
According to the study by Kimberly Clark, germs can be spread throughout the workplace when people touch or spreading when they touch area like dirty gas pump handles, escalator railings, ATMs, parking meters, crosswalk buttons and vending machines.
Take a quiz. Are you a germaphobe?
A new quiz from Kimberly-Clark Professional can tell you where you stand on the germaphobic
To learn more about how to protect yourself during flu season, visit The Cold and Flu HQ at www.kcprofessional.com/ColdandFluH