Four Ways To Fight Off Infection

Your daily-used IT equipments could be the reason why you are always sick. Fortunately, there are easy tips and rules to follow to make sure it won't happen again!

Four Ways To Fight Off Infection

1. Clean Your Keyboard and Mouse with an Approved Electronics Cleaning Cloth or Solution

It is a reasonably easy process to accomplish and worth the effort. Think about it – you dug into the candy dish after multiple people at the office, you and Sally swapped TPS reports, shook hands with a visitor, and used the doorknob to vacate the restroom. Then, you came back to your keyboard and started typing. You see where I am going with this. Speak with the office manager to see if you have any approved cleaning solutions on hand, then reach out to your IT solutions provider before moving forward with the scrub down.

2. Don't Eat around Your Computer

Those crumbs that fall between the keys might also be a smorgasbord for infection. If all of those germs described above have collected on your keys as you type away and take a bite of your McMuffin, that is pretty gross. You are eating those germs and then incubating them in your body. Long story short, you may not want to eat at your desk.

3. Wash Your Hands, Please

I know, we are not six years old anymore. Still, too often, people neglect to wash their hands or do so correctly, hence why I'm reiterating this. Just do it. A good rule of thumb is to massage the soap into your palms, between the fingers – basically every crack and crevice – while singing happy birthday (in your head). All in all, it is just a respectful thing to do for those around you as well since it will help prevent the spreading of germs.

4. Sneeze Away from Your Computer

Take a walk over to a team member you do not like, and sneeze on their computer instead. JUST KIDDING. However, I have witnessed co-workers sneezing in their cubicles and not covering their mouths. As a result, their workspace becomes a breeding ground for whatever ailment they are carrying. When you sneeze, cover your mouth like Count Dracula. Sneezing into your elbow is a good practice when there aren't any tissues readily available. Keep a roll of cleaning wipes in your desk drawer, and give your work area a good wipe down once a week – or more if needed.

At the end of the day, your body does a pretty good job fighting off the nasties that we call germs and bacteria. But, it could use an assist now and then. Give the above a try, or don't hesitate to live in a bubble until Spring. The choice is yours.

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