Flu Etiquette

5 Tips for Flu Etiquette

Posted by Liz Taylor Mar 01, 2012

I was on a flight home from Houston a few days ago and sat next to a man who was coughing and looked like he was in rough shape. He politely told me he was recovering from the flu but still had a terrible cough and perhaps a fever too. I thanked the gentleman for telling me, washed my hands right away and asked to be moved promptly. The flu is a seriously contagious disease and even though I did get vaccinated, you can never be too careful; there are strains not part of the inoculation. Did you know that there is etiquette around getting sick? Because we are in the middle of flu season, here are my top five tips:

1.)    Don’t show up to work if you aren’t feeling well. Let your supervisor know you might have the flu. Go to the doctor immediately to avoid spreading the disease.

2.)    Don’t attend social functions if you aren’t feeling well. According to Infection Control Today, a survey found that while 81 percent of people agree that a person with the flu should cancel social obligations when she or he is sick; 64 percent of those who had the flu in the past three years admit to being “That Guy” who despite experiencing flu symptoms, continue to go about his or her daily activities.

3.)    If you need to cough or sneeze, cough into your arm, not your hands where you risk touching many things that might spread the virus.

4.)    Clean common items you touch with your hands often; cell phones, counter and desktop spaces, computer keyboards, health club equipment, etc.

5.)    Use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently.

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