Avoid cold and flu this winter

Don't let the cold and flu season weaken your camp operations and take out key players in the game.

When employees are off work because of the flu or a cold, it could force other less-skilled or less-knowledgeable people to temporarily fill that position and handle maintenance duties or make business decisions. That, in turn, could impact the overall safety and efficiency of your camp.

Remind your staff members about good health practices and to consult their doctors about the benefits of flu shots to help reduce their exposure to colds and the flu.

Even if someone is unable to get an influenza vaccination this year, there are things he or she can do to reduce his or her exposure to illness or espousing others to his or her illness, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to help protect them from getting sick too. Colds and flu are the most contagious disease in the workplace, according to the National Safety Council.

  • Cover your mouth and nose. Use a tissue when you cough and sneeze and dispose of it in a waste basket. When you are unable to use a tissue, cover your mouth and nose by coughing or sneezing into the sleeve area of your elbow instead of your hands. 

  • Clean your hands often, especially after coughing and sneezing.

    • Use soap with warm running water and rub hands vigorously together for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Also wash the back of hands, fingernails, wrists and between fingers.

    • Rinse and dry. Consider using disposable paper towels instead of a cloth hand towel.

  • Use alcohol-based gels and wipes to help fight the spread of germs. Clean and wipe down shared surfaces such as countertops, keyboards, phones, handles and doorknobs.

  • Get rest and drink liquids to stay hydrated.

For additional information, visit the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/ or contact your local county health department.

We’re here to help! For additional questions, contact Church Mutual Insurance Company’s Risk Control Central.

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