We can all agree that it’s very weird that harmattan came back.
It basically meant dry, dusty, and cold air came back to torment us.
This weather is perfect for catching the dreaded “common cold” or even worse, a virus.
As members of the workforce, the workplace is a very easy place for the common cold, and other cold-related issues to develop.
Simply because you interact with a good number of your coworkers and probably external office visitors as well.
Here are some measures to prevent the spread of cold in the office.
- WASH YOUR HANDS!
Wash your hands regularly throughout the day (and encourage your colleagues to do the same).
This is basic personal hygiene, and it should be done using the correct hand washing technique (i.e. lathering with soap for at least 15 seconds) or with an alcohol-based disinfectant.
- DON’T SNEEZE INTO YOUR HANDS!
Practising good cough and sneeze etiquette entails sneezing into a handkerchief or tissue.
In a case where none of these things is close to you, DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
(You should sneeze into your upper sleeve in this case).
Also, remember to properly dispose of tissues if used, so as not to spread the cold.
- AVOID TOUCHING YOUR MOUTHS, NOSES AND EYES!
Cold and flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for up to eight hours, and on a person’s hands for approximately five minutes after they touch a contaminated surface -such as a hand or desktop.
You can reduce your risk of infection by avoiding touching your face, or washing your hands before you do so.
- ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Shared surfaces and equipment in the workplace should be cleaned regularly to ensure germs, and flu viruses are gotten rid of, and not passed around.
Don’t forget to clean!
- MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCES
In the workplace, avoid close contact with people who are known or suspected to be ill.
This reduces the likelihood of the cold being passed around.
In extreme cases, kindly seek permission to take some time off work to get checked and treated.
Please, if anyone has any symptoms of flu or cold, the most important step is to find immediate professional treatment from a doctor.
Ultimately, you can prevent the occurrence of cold and flu as much as possible by staying healthy.
Try to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, try (really try) to avoid stress, and hydrate a lot!