Don’t Get Sick in the Office! by Jessica Hodges
So while it’s the end of February and I expect a few sniffles at this time of year, I hate being sick and (almost) every year I manage to fight off the germie-germs that go round and round, especially in an enclosed office environment or on public transportation. Victory is mine so far this season!!! I’m not OCD but I’m addicted to Purell, I have 4 bottles of the stuff, one for work, one for my car, one for my bag, and one at home. Yes I even use Purell at home, strangely I like the smell.
Anywhoo, besides Purell, I pop in some vitamin C every time I feel a twinge and the shot to my immune system seems to do the trick. Another tip…when I start to feel a cold coming on I drink a large glass of very hot water with the juice of half a lemon or an orange…don’t know why, but it works!
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Once you have germs on your hands, the areas more susceptible for contamination are by touching your nose or mouth (or touching your food and putting it in your mouth) and rubbing your eyes. We all do this more often than we realize, and it is the fastest way to infecting yourself.
Wash your hands. It seems simple, but the best thing to do is wash your hands frequently. You and the office sickie are both touching the same stuff: the door knob, water cooler and drinking fountains, the coffeepot handle, the doughnuts in the break room, the copy machine and fax machine buttons, and they are getting their germy hands all over the place. If you use someone’s keyboard or mouse, they likely have not cleaned it since touching their mouth or blowing their nose with a tissue and then touching the mouse again with the same hand. GROSS! Use a hand sanitizer or keep wipes at your desk after exposure, especially before eating any food (candy, snacks, or your lunch). Research indicates that washing your hands when exposed to a contagious sick person is different than normal cleaning up; when you have been exposed to germs, wash between the finger webbing and fingernails, and to rinse hold your palms straight down and let the water rinse down your hands dripping off your fingers to maximize germ-fighting.
[via Associated Content.com]
I’d love to hear some of your cold-fighting tips! Stay healthy!