When the cold and flu season hits, everyone suffers, from the person sick, the chores that don’t get done around the house, and the dog not walked to sick days from work that affects productivity and ultimately the bottom line of businesses. While the cold and the flu are a fact of life, there are ways to help decrease their effect in the workplace. In this blog post, Happy Employees Cleaning, the best professional cleaning service in West Fargo, will take a look at what germs are, how they multiply and spread, and offer tips you can implement to help mitigate their effects on your employees and reduce the number of sick days and money lost. Contact us today for a free cleaning service!
WHAT ARE GERMS?
Germs are microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause harm to your body. They are single-celled organisms that live everywhere in our environment. In essence, our planet (nor anything in our planet) could exist without them. Some are helpers, such as those that live in our digestive system and help your body to break down food. Others are deadly, such as the viruses that cause smallpox, HIV, Ebola, and the measles. And others break down dead organisms so our world is not overrun with dead carcasses of plants and animals.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF GERMS?
- Bacteria. These little guys derive their nutrients from their hosts. They lack a nucleus and are found in the soil, ocean, and animals. These guys can reproduce outside of the body. Examples of infections caused by bacteria include ear infections and pneumonia.
- Viruses. Viruses can’t survive outside of a host, nor can they grow or reproduce. However, once viruses find a host (like your body), they multiply rapidly and cause illnesses. More potent than bacteria, viruses are resistant to antibiotics and thus need your body to fight them off.
- Fungi. Fungi are multi-celled and resemble plant organisms. They thrive in warm, damp environments and survive from plants, food, and in animals. Mostly, these are not dangerous to humans — just annoying like yeast infections.
- Protozoa. Protozoa are the most resistant to the outside world as some are encapsulated in cysts, which offer them protection. These one-celled organisms love the water; hence, most of these bad guys are caught when you’re exposed to contaminated water. One example of a disease caused by protozoa is giardia.
HOW DO GERMS MULTIPLY?
Bacteria divide in two by a process scientists call binary fission, which is, in essence, cloning. A bacterium simply splits. Once inside the human body (a perfect environment for bacteria to grow), they can divide extremely quickly. A bacterium (one) can divide every 10 to 20 minutes. Hence, if you had just one germ invade your body, in four hours, you’d have over 8,000 bad guys who do nothing but continue to multiply until your white blood cells get wind of their activity and enter attack mode.
HOW DO GERMS SPREAD?
Germs are spread by direct contact with someone who is sick, by indirect contact by touching items someone who is sick has touched, and through the air. Hence, coughing, sneezing, or simply talking to someone can spread germs. When germs get in the air, they can then be inhaled by others, infecting them. Anyone within three feet can be affected. Germs also live on surfaces, so when you touch any surface with germs on it and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can easily become sick as well. Germs give off toxins as well as use the body’s nutrients and energy to fuel themselves. It’s these toxins that make you sick.
WAYS TO DECREASE THE SPREAD OF GERMS IN THE WORKPLACE
- Wash your hands. Because germs can live on every surface, the best way to prevent disease is by washing your hands often, especially during the cold and flu season. Think of everything you touch on a daily basis and everyone else who touches the exact same surfaces. Happy Employee Cleaning in West Fargo makes wiping all surfaces an integral part of our commercial cleaning service in order to help prevent the spread of germs. We also recommend washing your hands every time you cough or sneeze, before you eat food or prepare food, after you use the restroom, after you pet your cat or dog, after spending time outdoors, and anytime you are around sick people, especially after a visit to the doctor’s office or hospital. Since we are in the happy business, we also recommend washing your hands for at least 15 seconds to keep you smiling.
- Cover your nose when you sneeze and your mouth when you cough. Since germs are airborne, when you sneeze or cough, you could be spewing hundreds if not thousands of bad guys into the air. Happy Employees Cleaning in West Fargo recommends covering your mouth with your elbow when you cough and making sure you use Kleenex every time you sneeze, and dispose of these immediately.
- Keep a strong immune system. By staying healthy, your body will be more resistant to these nasty little guys and will be better able to fight them off when they try to bring you down. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough rest will go a long way in helping to prevent invasions.
- Handle food properly. Happy Employees Cleaning in West Fargo has already mentioned how you need to wash your hands before you handle food. However, your counters are full of germs as well so it’s important to keep those well sanitized as well. You’ll want to use separate cutting boards for meats and other products, as well as clean utensils.
- Don’t share personal items with others. As much as you want to try your friend’s latte, by doing so you open yourself up to catching whatever your friend may have. This goes for forks, spoons, and knives. Also, never share your toothbrush for obvious reasons.
HOW A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE HELPS KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES HEALTHY
As the best commercial cleaning company in West Fargo, Happy Employees Cleaning takes pride in providing your office and commercial space a clean and sanitized environment. We do our utmost to create a warm and inviting place, as well as stress-free, for your employees by emptying trash bins, replacing trash bags, vacuuming all floors, mopping all hardwood and tile flooring, wiping down all surfaces, spot cleaning doors and wall, washing windows, and cleaning bathrooms. We also will restock your toilet paper and paper towels. Our mission is to make your job easier and healthier by doing our job by providing a stellar cleaning environment.