Preventing the Spread of Germs in the Workplace

Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: March 5, 2020

Coronavirus and flu: Two reasons to be cautious

You may have seen the news about the coronavirus disease 2019, also referred to as COVID-19, and the impact it is having all over the world. We are also in the midst of a very heavy flu season. Have you taken the necessary steps to prevent the spread of viruses around you?

Similar to the flu, the coronavirus is spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The spread of COVID-19 coupled with the widespread infection of seasonal influenza in the United States calls for prevention efforts throughout the workplace to stop the spread of germs.

How can you prevent the spread of germs at work?

Wash, wash, wash your hands! Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and should be practiced frequently. Hand sanitizers should also be utilized to supplement hand washing efforts. When you feel the need to cough or sneeze, do so into your arm or into a disposable tissue instead of your hands.

Even with the best hand washing practices, commonly used surfaces still hold many germs that can spread illnesses from person to person. Surfaces throughout the workplace should be sanitized in order to prevent the spread of germs.

Here is a list of items around the workplace that may be commonly overlooked but should be made a priority for cleaning:

  • Phone (i.e. work phone and cell phone)
  • Keyboard/mouse
  • Door handles
  • Stairwell handrails
  • Light switches
  • Shared refrigerator/cabinet handles
  • Shared Keurig®/coffee pot/water coolers
  • Microwave buttons
  • Shared office equipment (i.e. pens, staplers, printers, etc.)
  • Company vehicle steering wheel, dashboard, and keys

Most importantly, if you’re sick – stay home! Utilize sick time or work from home opportunities if you have a fever above 100.4ºF [37.8ºC] or other symptoms of illness.

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For more information, visit the CDC website.