It is now cold and flu season. How bad will it be? Not even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) knows.
What the CDC does know and is anxious for you to know and act on, is that a flu vaccination can significantly reduce the possibility of your getting the flu. Yes, they acknowledge that this season’s antiviral cocktail known as “the flu shot” may not contain antiviral components that are effective against a strain of the flu virus that you encounter. There is also the possibility that you may encounter a flu virus before your body has generated sufficient antibodies in response to the vaccination (a process of several weeks’ time). Is all hope lost? Must you resign yourself to several weeks of bedridden misery as soon as you run a slight fever or experience a sore throat? No. The CDC also stresses that prescription antiviral medicines are available and especially effective if rendered in the first day or two of symptoms. To get those prescription medicines, of course, you must visit a health professional and insist that you want them. This is no time to ‘tough it out’ for the good of the team. The virus is stronger than you. Concede now. Get a flu shot, and if you experience flu-like symptoms anyway, stay home, rest and see a doctor immediately. The time you save will be your own (fewer, less intense symptoms for less time) and that of your fellow employees who won’t be subjected to your infectious microbes.
A simple public health protocol that should always be followed, year-round, but somehow seems to get forgotten, is to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoiding the projection of microbes through the air eliminates their transmission to others in the environment through that air and from surfaces those microbes eventually land on. Bacteria riding a sneeze can travel 200 feet – more than enough to get across almost any workspace. And when covering your mouth, don’t use your bare hand. Sure, you just intercepted all your germs from airborne transmission, but if you did it with your hand and then opened the door you’re going through, everyone else going through that door is liable to acquire those germs on their hands. Always use a tissue or the crook of your arm.
These all seem like common sense practices, and indeed they are. But as has often been said in response to common sense appeals, “Common sense isn’t all that common.” These practices are also recommended by our government’s ranking organization dedicated to issues of public health, but as Bobbie Burns said, “The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang a-gley.(oft go awry).” It is for these contingencies that SafeHandles are especially necessary. Every hand that touches a surface covered with and protected by SafeHandles benefits from SafeHandles technology that works continuously to eliminate deposited germs so they can’t by passed along and contribute to contagion.