Wednesday 25 April 2018

Top 5 tips for avoiding the office bug

Viruses can live on tables, phones, door handles, and even the button on the lift for almost eight hours.
Viruses can live on tables, phones, door handles, and even the button on the lift for almost eight hours.

Elish O'Regan

A virus which has contaminated just one doorknob can spread to 40pc-60pc of workers and visitors in just two to four hours.

Viruses can live on tables, phones, door handles, and even the button on the lift for almost eight hours. It's not possible to live in a bubble, but you can lower your risk of picking up a virus.

  • Don't touch your mouth or eyes without cleaning your hands first. Viruses that you might contact from touching elevator buttons, office doors, and bathroom taps can enter your body this way.
  • High-traffic areas are likely to have more viruses on them. Also, try not to touch objects with your fingers - instead, use the palm of your hand for door handles, or use your knuckle to press that button.
  • Wash hands properly and often. Sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice while washing with soap, and wash hands before eating.
  • Try not to share food or drinks. This is an easy way to pass on an infection. You may be sick and not know it, or you might pick up someone else's virus. So, stick to your own food.
  • Don't share those germs if you do get sick. Stay home and get some rest.

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