Nobody likes being sick. Especially when there are places to go, people to see and things to do. The common cold and the flu are things that nobody wants, but a lot of us get. Once you’ve caught it, the best you can do is shake your fist in the air crying, “Why me?”
We tend to forget the impact sick days have—at home, and in the workplace. When we’re sick at home, chores often get left undone for the sake of rest, which is definitely needed! And when it comes to work, there’s an inner struggle between staying home to get rest and trying to push through the workday, with the risk of contaminating others but being able to get your work done and not take any sick days. You need that rest though, and that distance from your coworkers. This infographic shares what influence the flu season had last year in the workplace.
Source: Plantronics in How to Stay Productive and Not Infect the Office When You’re Sick
On average, 62 million Americans are infected with the flu, causing them to miss a lot of work days and school days. Pretty bad, right? The good news is that there are several things you can do to help prevent sickness and stay healthy in the winter:
- Wash your hands
- Keep common areas clean
- Keep your distance from sick friends or recently sick friends
- Keep up good daily health (Get enough sleep, eat well, etc.)
For more detailed information about maintaining your health as the sick seasons approach, check out our previous article, How to Stay Healthy in the Winter.
What are some ways that you protect your health during flu season?