This year has been a terrible year for the flu. It’s luckily not the worst ever recorded flu year, but it’s definitely brutal. This flu season seems the worst because it started early — according to the CDC, it started in November. 49 states were hit with the flu, and of course it just keeps spreading from there.
Keeping yourself healthy when you’re surrounded by the flu — people coming in to work when they’re sick, people in the general public being sick, or being in a healthcare industry dealing with sick people — can be hard. We’ve got some tips to help you stay safe during this brutal flu season.
1. Wash your hands and wash them often
We can’t say this enough. Make sure to wash your hands often. Hand sanitizer is simply not as effective as good hand washing, but in a pinch, you can use hand sanitizer to help curb the spread of germs.
2. Sanitize high traffic areas and surfaces
If you’re the office germaphobe, you’re going to want to tackle high traffic surfaces and areas with a disinfecting wipe. That means doorknobs, handles, microwave dials and buttons, phone buttons and phone sets, and anywhere else you don’t normally think about but gets touched all the time. It may even be pens and pencils you let customers use as well. Germs can spread on almost any surface, so when cleaning up, keep that in mind.
3. Stay home if you’re sick
We can’t stress this enough either! If you’re sick, please stay home so you can help curb the spread of infection. Your body will thank you too for the time sleeping and resting up. You’ll feel better a lot faster as well.