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15 Facts about the Flu That May Surprise You

It’s here again. The flu – the unwanted and unwelcome visitor in your business. Companies everywhere are looking for facts, tips and ways to avoid a flu outbreak at the office.

It’s impossible to completely stop the flu. But if you can reduce the risk and incidences of illness among workers, then your company may see improvements in the well-being of your staff and the productivity in your office.

Did you know these interesting flu-related facts?

  1. The flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of close to 17 million workdays each flu season. (Source)
  2. The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the deadliest in decades, with high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency department visits for flu-like illness and high flu-related hospitalization rates. (Source)
  3. Getting a flu vaccine is a high-value, relatively low-cost intervention with multiple benefits: It reduces both absenteeism and health care expenditures. Ultimately, a vaccinated workforce may mean healthier, more productive employees. (Source)
  4. Flu season runs October through May. (Source)
  5. Seventy-two percent of Americans typically go to work when they are sick. (Source)
  6. Signs and symptoms of the flu can include: fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. (Source)
  7. People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. (Source)
  8. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu. (Source)
  9. Bacteria on elevator buttons is 40 times higher than on public toilet seats. (Source)
  10. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. (Source)
  11. A 2018 study by the Bradley Corporation reveals that 56 percent of workers reported frequently or occasionally seeing work colleagues leave the restroom without washing their hands. (Source)
  12. The average person touches 300 surfaces in 30 minutes, exposing themselves to 840,000 germs. (Source)
  13. Diligent washing, wiping and sanitizing can help office professionals reduce their rates of cold and flu by as much as 80 percent. (Source)
  14. Computer keyboards contain more than 7,000 microorganisms. (Source)
  15. Having no-touch trash cans and hand sanitizer in multiple locations can help reduce spreading germs. (Source)

For ways to help reduce the risk of spreading the flu in your office, office managers can share the responsibility to keep their employees better protected. To start, take initiative by reminding staff to take basic precautions during flu season. These tips should be communicated regularly at staff meetings, through emails and on signs throughout the office. [link to February blog].

Knowledge is power.

And power is even stronger when it’s multiplied. Partner with a commercial cleaning company, like Office Pride of Pittsburgh-Blawnox , to provide assistance and help keep you and your workplace clean and healthy during flu season and throughout the year.

Call Office Pride of Pittsburgh-Blawnox at (412) 715-7303 today to learn more about how our services can help keep your office healthy and to receive a free quote.