Sick At the Office—Cold and Flu Etiquette

As the weather changes and many people find themselves with an awful cough or runny nose, nothing is worse than coming into the office and finding your desk neighbor is miserable and suffering from all the dreaded common cold symptoms. The last thing you want to do is be in the line of fire, but as office settings are usually in close quarters, it is inevitable that you will come into contact with contaminated surfaces and fall victim to the common cold or flu at some point this year. So what is the proper office etiquette when you’re sick?

  1. Sneeze into your elbow. Sneezing into your hand can cause a major spread of germs, so sneezing into your elbow keeps the spreading of germs to a minimum.
  2. Wash your hands and keep hand sanitizer/wipes at your desk. When you are sick, frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water. It’s always good to have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to clean office supplies such as your computer keyboard, mouse and office phone.
  3. Excuse yourself from shaking hands. We all know the professional thing to do is to shake hands when you meet someone, but would you want to be on the receiving end of a germy handshake? It’s OK to say, “I’m so sorry, but I’m not feeling my best today and don’t want to get you sick.” They will appreciate it.

*Bonus Tip: Try to make it a habit of blowing your nose into a tissue using your left hand as another attempt to avoid giving a germy handshake.

  1. Wash your coffee cup or water bottle with hot, soapy water. When you or someone around you is sick, germs tend to get everywhere, even on the cups we drink out of. Every day, make an effort to wash your coffee cup and/or water bottle with hot, soapy water to remove any contamination.
  2. Stay home from work: If you are feeling extremely under the weather and are contagious, it is in your best interest (and for your fellow work companions) to stay home, get some rest and boost your immune system.

If it is imperative that you attend work while sick, the best solution is the one that will shorten the duration of your common cold altogether! As soon as you feel yourself getting a runny or stuffy nose, make sure to begin taking Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy every 2-4 hours and get plenty of rest. Take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, which are Clinically Proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half!  Also consider new Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Immune Support + Natural Energy, formulated with zinc gluconate, rose hips and Echinacea, to shorten the duration of the common cold while providing natural immune support and restoring your energy naturally. If you know of any other helpful ways to keep your sick germs to yourself and keep your co-workers healthy, make sure you share it with the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy community by logging on to the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Facebook Page or by commenting right here, on the Get Well Faster Blog.

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