They're probably on your office phone right now. They may even be on your keyboard and mouse. And your co-worker in the cubicle next door? He might have them, too. They're germs. And this time of year, you are probably exposed to them all over the workplace. Here are some reminders from the American Industrial Hygiene Association to help you prevent the spread of flu and other communicable diseases at the office. Washington Post
Germs can live for two hours or more on desks, phones, doorknobs and other surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or invest in some alcohol-based disposable wipes or gel sanitizers. Also keep cuts and scrapes clean and bandaged until healed.
Mom always told you to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Do so with a tissue, and cover your nose, too. Clean your hands afterward.
If you do get sick, stay home. You may think your boss wants you at work, but he or she probably prefers you not make everyone else sick, too. So keep your distance, get plenty of rest and check with your doctor for help in getting healthy again.
For more information about hygiene and infection control, visit www.aiha.org.