Cold and flu season is coming. And if there's one thing worse than being sick, it's being sick at work. Calling in sick and then being sick at work (spreading germs around the office) costs professionals and companies millions if not billions in lost productivity. Common cold symptoms will start to present themselves as quickly as 16 hours from the point of infection and the individual who is sick will be the most contagious during the first 2 - 3 days. The contagious part wraps up after about 5-7 days. That means, for starters, a person will have it, yet not know they got it. They are also, ignorantly infecting everyone who is within breathing, coughing and sneezing radius. The cold virus sticks to phones, door knobs, hand rails and has the potential to survive on those surfaces for up to 48 hours.
Who really likes being sick? Add to that the shame (and paranoia) of having to call in sick and the potential lost income and productivity. How can you avoid getting sick all together or worst case scenario minimize the damage?
Here are 4 potent tips to surviving cold and flu season in the work place.