We’ve all been there – you go to sleep feeling perfectly fine only to wake
up the next morning with a sore throat. You know the sneezing and coughing
are going to start any minute, but you have to be at work in an hour.
Unfortunately, life’s responsibilities don’t take a rain check just because
you’re sick. So, you’re faced with a choice – stay home or tough it out.
The truth is, there are many simple things you can do that don’t take a lot
of time and can pay off in the long run. And if you do get sick and can’t
stay home, there are easy things you can do to stop your sickness from
spreading to others.
Stop the sick before it happens
The best way to keep yourself healthy is taking preventive measures. Here
are some easy things to try now, before you get sick:
Get the flu vaccine.
According to the
CDC, the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated.
IBX covers the flu vaccine
and provides a list of facilities of where you can get one.
Wash your hands.
And do it more often. I’m talking more than just after you use the
restroom. All sorts of surfaces can contain germs and viruses that can
make you sick. Use hot water and soap, for at least 20 seconds.
Stop touching your face.
Unconsciously, we all touch our faces throughout the day. But try to be
more conscious of it and avoid it because it spreads germs.
Be a clean freak.
Viruses live for hours on surfaces, so be sure to not only wipe down
countertops, tables, and sinks but also disinfect them. You might want
to disinfect cabinet and door handles, light switches, TV remotes,
phones, and keyboards
more often, too.
Take care of YOU.
This should go without question. You’re
three times more susceptible
to getting sick with less than seven hours of sleep a night. So, catch
some consistent rest each night.
also show that if you engage in mild exercise 3 – 5 days per week,
you’re more likely to fight off respiratory illnesses.
When you have to go to work
You have a huge presentation to give, or you run your own business. Maybe
you work at a school with no subs available, or you’re a stay-at-home mom.
Whatever the reason is, calling out sick from work isn’t an option.
Truthfully, if you’re sick, you should stay home so that you can recuperate
and so that you don’t infect others. But if you have to drag yourself into
be sure to:
Wash your hands regularly.
Remember you’re blowing your nose more often so you should try and wash
your hands after you use a tissue. At the very least, use an
antibacterial sanitizer after you use tissues.
Cover your mouth.
This should go without saying but cover your mouth when you cough and
sneeze. And try not to use your hands. Use a tissue or your arm.
Keep to yourself.
Meetings are unavoidable. But if you can help it, try and cut down your
socialization. Also, avoid shaking hands.
Wipe things down.
If you happen to touch shared spaces, try and wipe it down. And if you
use the water cooler or coffee pot, try not to touch anything directly
with your hands. Use a paper towel or napkin as a shield.
These may sound a bit harsh, but taking these precautions is not only
considerate, it also saves your coworkers from catching your sickness.
When You Should Stay Home Anyway
Sometimes you’ve done everything you can do to prevent getting sick, but it
are just not conducive to working, and it will be better off for everyone
just to stay home. Watch out for:
A fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
Wet and persistent coughing
Vomiting (a stomach virus)
A rash or fever that is contagious
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