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How to avoid the office lergy

Wellbeing / posted 2 years ago / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

How to avoid the office lergy

As cold season sets in, we take a look at the best way to keep healthy and germ-free.

A new study has revealed that some viruses spread extremely quickly through offices and shared buildings, such as hotels, spreading their germs on surfaces in just a matter of hours.

Researchers placed samples of a virus in a variety of surfaces such as a table or door handle in shared buildings.

Other surfaces such as light switches and taps were then swabbed. Shockingly, 40-60% of surfaces were contaminated with the virus within just 2-4 hours!

So how can you save yourself from catching Tom in account’s sniffles if germs spread so quickly? Well the same research discovered that disinfecting shared surfaces, along with regular hand washing, reduced the spread of the virus by up to 99%.

How to protect yourself from germs
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food. Make sure you scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds and then rinse with warm or hot water thoroughly.
  • Did you know that your keyboard and phone contain more germs than a toilet seat? Just as you clean your loo, it’s imperative that you also clean these surfaces. Use antibacterial wipes regularly to reduce the risk of infection.
  • If you’re sick, stay at home! If you love your job so much that even the flu won’t keep you away, work from home so at least you get your work done without infecting your colleagues.
  • Don’t forget to cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough. If you want to upgrade from regular tissues, which work pretty well, try anti-viral tissues, £1.32, from Superdrug. They contain anti-viral properties that kill 99.9% of flu viruses in less than 15 minutes.
  • Stock up on cold-fighting superfoods. Carrots contain beta carotene, which boosts your immune system, while tomatoes are a fabulous source of vitamin C, which can help reduce the symptoms and length of your cold. Other great virus-busting foods include beef, ginger, onion, mushrooms and good old chicken soup!
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