How to stay healthy in the office this winter

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Winter has only just begun and businesses are scrambling to manage staff absences due to COVID-19, the dreaded flu and other bugs that are making the rounds.

There are small changes that can help people to stay healthy this winter, especially in an enclosed environment such as offices or retail spaces.

Here are four simple things you can do to prevent the spread of illness at work:


  1. Wash your hands. Germs are easily spread by hands. Wash both sides of your hands and between your fingers for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, and dry your hands with a paper towel or clean dry towel.


  1. Stay at home if you are unwell. This will stop sickness from spreading and multiple people having to be absent from work at the same time.


  1. Wipe down surfaces, especially commonly used ones like light switches, copier and printer touch screens and keep shared spaces like coffee and tea making facilities germ free.


  1. Keep your vitamin C and D levels up by eating healthy snacks and lunches at work, loaded with fresh fruit and veggies.


Health Navigator New Zealand has a whole section on winter well-being on their website.

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