Guard Yourself Against The Season of Illness!

Posted October 1, 2013 by Danielle Bilbruck in Life After Five
It happened late Monday night: after working late and watching football, I came home and breathed in, feeling like my lungs were on fire. Thinking that maybe it was the secondhand smoke I’d inhaled around me all night, I decided it wasn’t serious and headed to bed. Except at about 3 AM when I woke up unable to breathe at all without being in pain. By 6 AM when I normally wake up, I was down for the count. It all happened so fast with no warning…and I remained on my couch for the next 3 days, working from home.

Tis the season for too many things, including the flu and common cold. It seems each year that there is some new and special and fun combination of symptoms that manifests itself and wreaks havoc on a whole lot of people. We always think of schools, playgrounds, airports, generally public areas when we think about where we end up catching these germs, but did you know that one of the most offensive and germ-ridden places is the one you work in? 

The infographic below illustrates just how gross your office likely is. Take their tips to heart in the coming months to avoid acquiring new, fun illnesses and subsequently spreading them to others: wash your hands (they say 8 times a day now…), disinfect your desk daily–and this includes your keyboard and phone, use hand sanitizer after shaking hands with folks, and cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow and not on your palms or into a fist.

If all else fails, and you end up getting the plague, for the love of all that is good and holy: stay home. I, too, used to think that I would prove to be a more dedicated employee if I came in red-nosed and phlegm-ridden–it’s not true. When you go to work sick, you get others sick. When they come to work sick, they get others sick…or could re-infect you. No one wants their PTO days to be spent on the couch, chugging NyQuil and unable to move. Take the time to rest and recover–your coworkers (and your body) will thank you for it later. Stay healthy!


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Danielle Bilbruck

Danielle Bilbruck is an achievement-oriented and energetic professional in the sales world. She is dedicated to increasing efficiency and productivity in order to maximize profitability. Known for her ability to master a position quickly, Danielle has moved up the ladder several times in each company she has worked with. She is a direct and clear communicator, both in written and oral disciplines, and is excited about being a contributor to CGN. She is dedicated to motivating women of all ages around her toward excellence - simply because she expects it from herself.