Time has circled around to the time of year when we are busy shopping in crowded places, spending time hunting for the right gift to give, and giving to others in need. With all of this frequent contact with those we love, its a good time to review some points to protect ourselves, our coworkers, family members and those we care for. Here are some reminders:
Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer frequently. Everyone usually thinks about ourselves and washing hands but understand that young or old, sick people we care for also need reminders to wash hands frequently, throughout the day, every day. Here’s a link to other thoughts we’ve written about the merits of hand washing.
Key times to wash hands include after using the bathroom, before meals, after treatments and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing the nose.
- Wash hands with antibacterial soap and water when they are visibly soiled.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth without washing or sanitizing your hands first.
Cover your mouth. Avoid coughing into the air, even away from people. Cough into a Kleenex or your sleeve.
Disinfect! Your keyboard, phone and inanimate surfaces spread germs; so do door knobs, lights switches, faucets, to name a few popular places. Disinfect these surfaces with a Clorox/sanitizing wipe at least on a daily basis and more frequently as needed.
Use tissues once and throw away. Keep a bag or trash can close by to discard tissues in.
Get the flu shot; its not too late. If you haven’t received the flu shot yet, please do it. The flu vaccine not only protects you from lost down time, you in turn protect your loved ones.
Stay home if you are ill. Guilt can cause us to get out of bed and drag ourselves to work when we are sick. You will get better faster and decrease the risk of infecting everyone around you if you take the time to rest and recuperate. If you are concerned you have the flu, review this Center for Disease Control site.
Let’s all stay healthy!