It’s “Universal Precautions” season or Flu Time if you prefer
Environmental microbiologist Kelly Reynolds (University of Arizona Tucson) says that you can shed virus and be contagious before you show symptoms, and even when your symptoms stop or subside you can still be contagious to your co-workers. Taking sick time is frowned upon though even when showing up is likely going to do some real harm to everyone else.
Tests have shown that it takes 2-4 hours to contaminate an entire work place and the first thing to become a hotspot is almost always the coffee pot handle. Other spots include the fridge, phones, desks, keyboards, doorknobs, faucets, photocopiers, and common site equipment. Germs survive for a few hours on metal surfaces but far longer on plastic surfaces (up to 3 days!). But it’s not the actual cough or sneeze more than it is where those infected droplets land. When we touch that landing pad and then touch our own faces, noses, and eyes, which are the main entry points for germs, it’s pretty much game over.
What can we do to avoid the workplace plague?
Use hand sanitizer
Use disinfecting wipes
Wash your hands
Cover your sneezes and coughs
Get your finger out of your eye If you’re a First Responder and you hear “use universal precautions” put on everything available to wear between you and them.
If you’re a nurse…. How? Anywhere in a hospital… Just how?
Flight Attendant or Pilot… How do you not catch something? (I tried to wipe down my Costco cart handle today with a 2” piece of wipe because the ones I have in the car were frozen solid and it’s all I could tear off. Got some “oh, she’s crazy” looks… don’t care. Get the F away from me and go get yourself a whole bunch of Kleenex.) Go bravely into this germy cesspool of life – and wash your hands
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