Workplace Cold & Flu Prevention

Minor illnesses cause approximately 85% of employees to lose productivity every year. Foster a healthier workplace to get the most out of your business's human resource investment. Your staff will appreciate the effort and you'll enjoy the results. Protect your staff, reduce sick days and improve attendance with cold and flu prevention tips and cleaning supplies from The Home Depot Pro.

Handwashing


Support Proper Handwashing  


Arm your offices with the most advanced cold- and flu-fighting tools we have: soap and water. Proper handwashing is essential to preventing sicknesses, including cold and flu. Still, 95% of adults do not wash their hands thoroughly enough to remove bacteria and viruses. 

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Paper Towel Usage


Reduce Germ Spread with Paper Towels  


Reduce the spread of germs, including the viruses that cause the flu and common cold, with paper towels. Jet dryers are popular, but they blast bacteria and viruses into the air.

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Cleaning with Microfiber Cloths


Clean Thoroughly  


Support your custodial staff's efforts with reliable janitorial supplies. Give your staff the tools they need to tackle day-to-day sanitation slip-ups. For better germ-free results, encourage facilities to clean with microfiber cloths.

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Cold & Flu Symptoms and Prevention

The common cold is caused by a group of more than 100 related viruses. Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, cough, congestion, slight body aches and fatigue, mild headache, sneezing, watery eyes and low-grade fever. The flu is caused by strands of the ever-evolving rhinovirus. Flu symptoms are similar to the common cold and acutely more severe.

There's no cure for the common cold. While rest and fluids help, antibiotics don't work on cold viruses. Over-the-counter medications may help symptoms but won't make the cold go away any sooner. Taking steps toward prevention is the best way to protect workers and reduce sick days.

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Advise & Encourage
Employees to:

  • Stay home if they are sick
  • Wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Keep hand sanitizer on hand for when soap is not available
  • Use facial tissues when they cough or sneeze
  • Throw tissues away immediately after use
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast
  • Exercise on a regular basis

                                                



Ask a Doctor:


“Research shows most people average 2.5 colds per year. Here’s the problem: there are over 100 variations of the rhinovirus that cause the colds. When you catch that first cold of the year, you become immune to that virus. But that leaves 99 other variants still capable of making you sick.

The good news: you can significantly reduce your chances of catching a cold (or colds) by practicing effective prevention measures. In fact, by consistently following the Wash, Wipe, Sanitize protocol and other tips, you can reduce your chance of catching a cold by as much as 80%.”

—Dr. Kelly Arehar