Workplace Health: 6 Germ Prevention Tips To Keep You Healthy Through Cold Season

by | April 17, 2018

The best way to protect your family from illness is to practice good hygiene. That’s why we’ve put together these helpful germ prevention tips for you and your family.

Stopping the spread of unwanted germs is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick, while living a cleaner, healthier life. And while it’s impossible to avoid contact with all the germs out there (short of living in a completely sterile bubble), these simple germ prevention methods can do a lot to make sure you sidestep the bigger hazards out there.

Tip #1: Maintain Your Personal Space
No one wants to get close to someone who’s sick, but chances are good that by the time the symptoms actually show up, they’ve been passing germs around for some time. That’s why it’s best to keep a close eye on your personal borders, and to make sure no one crosses them without permission. While sneezes or coughs may make it into your air space, you won’t have unexpected hugs or incidental contact spreading germs onto your skin, too.

Tip #2: Keep Clean
While we all know we’re supposed to wash our hands regularly to keep unwanted germs clear, it’s a good idea to clean any spaces we use regularly as well. For example, wiping down your work space, including your door handle if you have one, is a good way to make it harder for germs to get to you. Not impossible, of course, but it helps according to the Center For Disease Control.

Tip #3: Get Vaccinated
While there has been controversy over vaccinations, the numbers don’t lie; vaccination works. If you really want to stop germs at the gates, then you should be certain all your shots are up-to-date, and that your body is ready when unwanted entities try to get under your skin.

Tip #4: Be Selfish With Your Things
According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, it’s a good idea to keep your stuff out of other people’s hands when you’re sick to stop the spread of germs. Of course, sometimes that just isn’t practical. So if you have to let your stuff out of your hands, it’s best to give it a quick wipe-off to be sure you’re not loaning someone more than a good book for the holidays.

Tip #5: Hide Your Face
Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve is a good way to prevent germs from spreading out of your immediate area. However, if you’re worried about germs getting to your sensitive areas, you could take a page out of Japan’s book and wear a surgical mask. While it may seem odd, it keeps your germs in, or other people’s germs away from you, whichever result you’re looking for.

Tip #6: Hire a Professional Cleaning Service
The easiest way to prevent germs from getting a foothold is to hire a professional cleaning service. These men and women are trained to deal with germs, as well as other hazards that can come along with them. Professional cleaners act as a constant, regular check on the germ population, ensuring that no matter what season it is that they don’t spread. Contact Clean Planet today for your Office or Home cleaning requirements.