It is that time of the year again. The weather starts to get cooler. The leaves will change their colors. Also, it is that season again- the common cold season.
A common cold can be transferred easily because it is airborne, meaning the virus travels through the air. It pays to prevent this sickness because if not, it can be contagious and everyone can have it.
Also known simply as a cold, it is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that primarily affects the nose. The throat, sinuses, and larynx may also be affected. Signs and symptoms may appear less than two days after exposure to the virus. These may include coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and fever. People usually recover in seven to ten days, but some symptoms may last up to three weeks.
The common cold virus is typically transmitted through airborne droplets or direct contact with infected people. Transmission is common in daycare and at school due to the proximity of many children with little immunity and frequently poor hygiene. These infections are then brought home to other members of the family.
It only takes one in the office
In the office setting, it only takes one employee to spread the virus. Someone wakes up one morning not feeling well. However, he has a lot of things to do so he still heads to work. His intention of going to work is good, but his productivity may be affected. He may even make mistakes. All the while, he may leave germs all over your office for the other employees to pick up.
Practice good hygiene in the office
Always remind your employees to wash their hands frequently. This practice helps prevent the spread of germs in the office. Post reminders in the bulletin board or in the restroom area if you must so that they can read it. Another thing you must have in the office is sanitizers. Some people prefer to use sanitizers than hand soap. Sanitizers are mostly used by people who are always on the go. Place them in areas where employees can see them. Sanitizers contain alcohol that serves as an antiseptic which can kill germs and bacteria.
Hire a cleaning service to fight the common cold
Hiring a professional cleaning service can help you fight the common colds. You also do this because you want to protect yourself and your employees from the loss of productivity and sick days that come along with getting sick during the fall and winter months. A professional cleaning service understands how to properly clean and sanitize your office to help prevent the spread of disease-causing germs. They also know how to eliminate allergens which can cause respiratory ailments to your employees. Respiratory ailments can also slow down the productivity of your employees at work. Eliminating allergens and pollutants in the air not only helps your staff to be more productive, but it can also help your clients breathe easier.