Dealing With Flu

20 July 2010 | by Ben Sweeting

Whilst we have only had one temp fall ill with swine flu so far I thought it prudent to do a little research into what you guys should be doing to prevent further outbreaks in your offices. 

It’s just practical steps we can all take to maintain business continuity within our businesses and those of our clients, thus preventing exposing any part of the workforce to increased risk of infection and illness.

Prevention

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus everyone should:

cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
after using a tissue throw it away quickly and wash hands regularly with soap and water
clean hard surfaces (like door handles and phone handsets, computer keyboards) frequently with a normal cleaning product.

If you get the flu

Catching swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), will feel like seasonal flu and the advice given by the NHS is: stay at home and rest and take medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol (following the instructions).

Also drink plenty of fluids and check your symptoms by going to the NHS flu symptom checker. This can be found on – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

If you come into contact with someone diagnosed as having Swine flu.

Seek advice by telephoning your GP or NHS Direct (0845 4647). You then need to telephone your office immediately before coming into the office.


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