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How NOT to spread germs at work

July 13, 2012
KEYWORDS germs / illness / sick / workplace
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fluIt’s easy to avoid spreading germs throughout your workplace – yet many people inadvertently do it, nonetheless, due to a variety of reasons.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some common-sense tips for keeping your illness to yourself:

  • Get a flu vaccine every year. They are available at a variety of locations and are reasonably priced.
  • Stay away from sickies. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you’re the one who’s sick, limit your contact with others.
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are better. Tackling that pile of work on your desk while you’re ill may actually result in lowered workplace productivity if you spread your germs to others.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the sneeze-into-your-arm technique.
  • Wash your hands. A lot.

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