Stop the Spread of Germs at Work

These tips can help you learn what to watch out for to prevent the spread of germs at work.

How Germs Spread

Illnesses like the flu (influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu or cold usually spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

How to Help Stop the Spread of Germs

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Stay home when you are sick and check with a health care provider when needed.
  • Practice other good health habits. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs can live for a long time (some can live for two hours or more) on surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and tables.

Learn how to prevent illness at work with tips from the CDC.

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