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How to stay healthy when everyone else in the office is sick

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Every year countless Americans come in contact with some sort of virus that makes them sick. This then usually leads to an outbreak at the office that they work at causing a loss of productivity for the company. In 2003 a study showed that working sick cost American employers about 160 billion dollars in lost productivity annually.

We are beginning to enter flu season, so  If you work in an office space chances are you are currently listening to someone either cough or sneeze. Here are three things that you can do to protect yourself from contacting that nasty virus.

  1. Wash your hands- seems simple enough right? Well, a recent survey of public bathroom habits found that one third of Americans skip washing their hands after using the restroom. You should wash your hands for about 20 seconds using warm water.
  2. Sharing- might want to think twice. Some offices offer communal bowls of food. A lot of hands have touched the candy or snack that you’re grabbing for.
  3. Shaking hands- an important part of a lot jobs. If possible wash your hands before and after handshakes. If you are already feeling under the weather then politely refuse the handshake. 
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