The Dreaded Flu Season

Nine Ways City Wide Commits to WellnessAt City Wide, we care about your well-being. When the leaves start falling and the weather starts changing, we know flu season is on its way. Flu season can be hard on your business, and statistics tell us Americans miss 70 million work days as a result. Luckily, we know many different practices – including proper building maintenance – can assist in the prevention of disease.

Flu viruses are often passed from person to person and surface to surface in the workplace. People are most contagious during the first two to three days of contracting a cold. Below, we’ve created a list to help you understand how to prevent the flu in your office.

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. We recommend washing your hands for 15-20 seconds with soap or alcohol-gel hand sanitizer throughout the day, especially following contact with potentially contaminated surfaces like doorknobs, handles, light switches, and of course, bathrooms.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, and call in sick if needed. Viruses spread most commonly through mucus. We recommend to sneeze and cough into a tissue, throw away the tissue, and then wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, coughing and sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand is a best practice. It is recommended you stay at home if you have a fever, bad cough, sore throat, diarrhea, or are vomiting.
  3. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs are easy to pick up when you touch something contaminated and then touch the aforementioned parts of your face, so try to avoid it as much as possible.
  4. Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean by wiping them down. Human flu viruses can survive on surfaces for two to eight hours, so it is essential to clean regularly. Items to keep clean are telephones, desks, water fountain handles, microwave door handles, computer keyboards, and door handles.
  5. Increase janitorial services when needed. Planning can save you frustration when sickness begins to spread! An action plan for flu season will cover accelerated cleaning schedules and responsive treatments, such as disinfection and steam cleaning of sensitive areas.
  6. Take care of yourself! Drink plenty of fluids, eat healthily, get enough rest, and exercise regularly.

To help prepare your office for the flu season, contact City Wide. Before sickness strikes, we recommend handing out a short, informative document to employees on ways to help reduce the spread of viruses – such as the tips we mentioned above. Be sure to contact our building maintenance experts, and they will help recommend strategies to develop a flu season action plan for your business!