It only takes a cough from the colleague sitting next to us to turn us all into hypochondriacs. We immediately think we are being infected with swine flu and run to the nearest pharmacy only to find out that all the facemasks are gone.
It’s true that we have to be cautious in regards to swine flu; it is very contagious since it expands through droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. An infected individual can infect others even one day after symptoms start and up to seven days after being sick, however all extremes are dangerous. Not everyone with a cold is infected with swine flu; remember that the symptoms are very similar to those associated with a common cold: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue, and only a doctor can confirm if someone is indeed infected with swine flu. What we all can and should do is work on prevention. Prevention is the key to stop this dreaded virus for good.
We have to be especially careful around crowded places, and this is why keeping a clean environment in the office is vital to ensure your safety while at work. A clean office will not allow the virus to spread, because it will not survive for too long.
Every office, be it small, medium, or large, must be cleaned daily. If yours was cleaned three times a week until now, request a change. Your commercial cleaning service will work with you to define a daily schedule that is right for you.
Encourage visitors, clients, associates, and suppliers that come to the office to sanitize their hands by placing respectful requests and signs in the appropriate places.
And personally, what can you do to stay healthy and avoid being the cause of others getting sick? As much as possible, avoid commuting with the crowd, so ask for a flexible schedule at work. Wash your hands frequently, and as soon as you arrive to the office or home no matter where you have been; always have a hand sanitizer with you in case there is no way to wash your hands. Cover you mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Clip your nails regularly and keep them clean because they are where viruses love to reside. Exercise regularly, learn to manage stress, and get a good night’s sleep. Drink lots of liquids and eat healthy foods, and most importantly, do not go to work if you feel even a little sick.
Professional commercial cleaning services are trained to use the most efficient cleaning methods to ensure your office is 100% free of viruses. They make sure employees have a good supply of tissues on their desks, keep a close eye on the stock of soap and hand drying supplies to make sure these are always available, and clean those difficult areas that are normally forgotten but touched continuously, for example, light switches, corners, door knobs, keyboards, and phones.
Do your part and let the professionals deal with the rest, so that you can work and live in peace and health.
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