The "Germiest" Places in the Office

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By News Team on December 4, 2019

Cold and flu season is in full swing, so it's important to make sure you are protecting yourself from germs—even in the workplace.

The workplace can be a breeding ground for cold and flu germs because the common areas and shared spaces are rarely cleaned after each use. Communal items that tend to have the most exposure to germs include:

  • Computers
  • Door handles
  • Printers
modern office with open design with one sick person sneezing and affecting his coworkers
When you're sick, the best thing you can do for yourself—and your coworkers—is to stay home.

So, what can you do to protect yourself?

  • Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Be thorough in how you 
    wash your hands
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after each use of a communal item
  • Clean shared surfaces regularly
  • Keep personal items such as your phone and keyboard clean

And by all means if you are sick, stay home
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Fortunately for all of us, health care facilities follow much more stringent cleanliness standards than the typical workplace. Check out this video to see how special equipment keeps the tiniest patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital safe from transmitted viruses.