Common Illnesses that spread easily in a workplace

We all have a colleague in the workplace that stays extra vigilant at work and sets high standards as a role model. You can even see them at work even when they are down under the weather. This can be a great hazard to other colleagues who shares the same office. The spread of these illnesses in workplaces, can be caused by airborne pathogens and viruses that are being circulated internally within confined spaces. Here are some of the common illnesses and the duration where it can be contagious.

Rhinovirus (Common Cold) 
The person usually suffers from stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, head congestion and mild body aches. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 5 days or more. 

Influenza (Flu)
The person usually suffers from fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigues, cough and runny nose. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 7 days or more. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
The person usually suffers from coughing, stuffy or runny nose, fever, decreased appetite, sore throat and mild headache. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 8 days or more.

Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu)
The person usually suffers from fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and muscle aches. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 6 days or more. 

Streptococcus (Strep Throat)
The person usually suffers from throat pain, difficulty in swallowing, swollen tonsils, fever, headache, chills and swollen lymph nodes. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 21 days or more.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
The person usually suffers from eye discharge, crusting around the eye, itchiness, tearing, redness and burning eyes. The duration where the carrier can be contagious can be up to 7 days or more.

To conclude, do get yourself vaccinated annually and through vaccination, your chances of getting the flu bug reduces dramatically. Prevent the spread of common cold by avoiding close contact with any carriers. It is also imperative to wash your hands and avoid touching any orifice on your body. Be mindful to put in effort to disinfect frequently used items on your office desk and work from home if you do not feel well.

Furthermore, it is essential to keep the office clean and hygienic at all times to mitigate the chance of an outbreak among your office colleagues. Thus, we would suggest in consulting or engaging a professional office cleaning company to assign a regular office cleaner to ensure the cleanliness standards of your office.