The season has been exceptionally bad with no signs of slowing down. The virus was rampant in southern states, even as they got warmer. Cases are currently reported in every US state and territory including Guam and the US Virgin Islands! Locally the flu is showing no signs of slowing down. According to the CDC 14% of deaths in Texas were flu related during the last week of January. Experts are pleading with the public to get the flu vaccine. Even this late, it can still be helpful.
At the workplace
For various reasons, the majority of adults will not receive a flu vaccine. We’re exposed to thousands of germs and viruses in the workplace, about 21,000 per square inch. If you’re around someone who’s sick, or work with children, your chances of catching the flu rise.
Influenza symptoms hit fast and hard, often resulting in missed time from work or school. On average 111 million workdays are lost per year, costing the American economy $20 billion. Symptoms vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are feverish chills, fatigue and a sore throat. Some patients report general body ache. This year’s strain of influenza is particularly brutal. The H3N2 tends to be more severe, we need to do everything we can to prevent the spread of influenza.
Stop the Spread
Staying home when you’re sick is the best way to avoid spreading the flu. It’s best to limit contact with vulnerable populations like young children and the elderly. Washing your hands regularly and cleaning common surfaces is beneficial, especially if you’re healthy.
We can help
Competitive Choice offers different products that kill the flu virus on contact. Our Germ Buster line of wipes are designed to be used on many different hard surfaces and are gentle enough to be used on your hands.
The flu season is showing no sign of slowing down. Protecting yourself, families and coworkers should be a top priority. The simplest thing you can do to start protecting yourself is to get a flu shot.