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Beware of Your Contagious Co-Workers

A study completed by Kimberly Clark last fall states that 59 percent of people go to work when they're sick.

The number one reason is because they feel they are too necessary for daily business to stay home.

Businesses can’t close the doors during flu and cold season. What can a person do to avoid getting sick when everyone else around them is getting sick?

Kimberly Clark offers the following suggestions:

  • Speak up — Ask your human resources or building manager to provide the convenient and accessible tools you need to help break the chain of germ transmission — such as hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, plenty of paper towels (since drying with a paper towel can reduce the spread of germs on hands up to 77 percent), soap and facial tissue.
  • Take steps to prevent the spread of germs — Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze and then throw the tissue away. Try to use an anti-viral tissue, since they have a special moisture-activated middle layer that traps and kills cold and flu viruses. If you don't have a tissue handy, cough or sneeze into the inner part of your sleeve at the elbow.
  • If you get sick, stay home — Don't put other people at risk because you feel you're too "essential" to stay away from the office. If you do become sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Another preventative measure you can take is to research natural cures and other supplements that may help you build a stronger immune system so that cold and flu season isn’t a shock to your system year after year.

Stop by Burman’s to find a way to fend off germs this season.

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