Having basked in one of the warmest October’s in history, its increasingly clear that winter is on its way. As well as digging out the winter warmers, the other thing that marks the change in season is the hordes of people sniffing and sneezing on your train carriage, on the street and in your office.
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, chief medical officer for Bupa says: “The common cold is a mild infection that causes a blocked or runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and a cough. It’s caused by several viruses from lots of different families but the most common cause is the rhinovirus. Half of colds are caused by this but in the autumn it can cause up to 80% of colds. “Seasonal flu is caused by two types of virus: influenza A and B (C is a very rare type). The symptoms are the same as colds but more severe. You may also get a fever, shivering, a headache, a dry cough and aching muscles.” He adds, “Colds and flu spread the same way – through direct contact or through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. They can also be picked up when you touch a contaminated surface and then put your fingers near your nose, mouth or eyes.
It is a well-known fact that the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours so practicing good hygiene is essential to helping prevent and to stop colds and flu from spreading. Read the following tips to help you get your cleaning routine into action.
- Try to use wipes that have antimicrobial properties to help prevent the risk of infection from bacteria.
- Wipe down the phone surface, paying particular attention to the buttons on the keypad, the mouth and ear piece.
- Use telephone cleaning wipes and sachets regularly to clean and maintain your telephone, mobile phone or headset.
- Dirty screens can cause eye strain, nausea and headaches so we would recommend cleaning your pc screen three times a week using screen cleaning fluid, wipes or sachets to remove dust, streaks or marks.
- Keyboards harbour many germs and bacteria which grow in between and underneath the keys. As many of us do daily activities such as eat food at our desks, it is especially important to clean keyboards at least twice a week using saturated surface wipes or an Air Duster to remove remants of lunch eaten at desks.
- Your mouse is an important part of your PC and can harbour more bacteria than your keyboard so don’t ignore it when cleaning your equipment. Mice do get very dirty, especially when there is contact with the hands and skin so regular cleaning is highly recommended!
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