Office buildings can become breeding grounds for pathogens. Poorly maintained ventilation systems and proximity to others let bacteria and viruses thrive in the indoor air. On top of all that, office spaces are somewhat of a shared living space which means there are lots of different hands touching the same surfaces.
Any surfaces that multiple people touch regularly are sure to collect bugs. To stay healthy while working in an office, here are some tips on how to avoid spreading and picking up germs at work.
When you’re in an enclosed area, airborne germs build up because there are few places for them to escape. Many commercial buildings contain windows that don’t open, and some warehouse-style structures lack them entirely. Standard surgical masks don’t protect you from germs, but they prevent contact with droplets and spray from others. They also keep you from spreading germs while sneezing or coughing.
For those who have a private office or desk area to work it’s not as much of a necessity, but even in those situations it’s good to have one on hand. You should consider wearing it when you leave your workspace and head into a communal area like the kitchen or bathroom.