The percentage of the U.S. population that will get the flu, on average, each year is between 5% and 20%. The number of Americans hospitalized each year because of flu complications tops 200,000. While these are scary statistics, a little bit of knowledge about the spread of the flu and the ways to prevent it could halt the fast spread at your business.
The cold and flu season typically runs from November – April. Readily spread when people are indoors, cold and flu viruses are often passed along from person to person and surface to surface in the workplace. According to the CDC, people are most contagious during the first 2-3 days of contracting a cold and almost immediately and for about 5 days thereafter after being infected with the flu – even before symptoms develop. However, there are many actions you can take to prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses at work.Here are some common sense reminders about stopping the spread of flu at work.
- Maintain a professional cleaning crew that is knowledgeable about the spread of flu viruses.
- The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.