Flu Season

Flu season is here, and doctors anticipate this year is going to be a rough one for the virus. The flu is miserable for those who catch it, but it’s also a headache for supervisors left short-handed due to sick days. See how well you know flu preparation by answering True or False to the following.
  1. If you need to wear gloves on the job, be sure to wash your hands before and after removing them.
  2. If symptoms persist for two days, you should stay home from work.
  3. Flu season may require a change to your safety meeting setup.
  4. The flu vaccine doesn’t help much because there are so many different strains of flu.
  5. Washing your hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer are equally effective prevention measures.

Answers to the quiz:
  1. True. Even if your hands aren’t exposed, the gloves can come in contact with the flu virus. It can easily be spread when putting on or removing them.
  2. False. In order to recover quickly and prevent spreading the virus, stay home from work as soon as you experience flu-like symptoms.
  3. True. While safety meetings are still important, the virus is most likely to spread in small places where people congregate. Try to meet where you can have six feet of personal space between workers or use solutions such as email or phone-based meetings.
  4. False. There are many strains of flu, but the vaccine usually prevents the most common ones.
  5. False. Soap and water is the best way to prevent infection, followed by hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.