Keeping your distance from cold and flu season

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 5:58 p.m. MST

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If someone comes to work sick, "do your best, if possible, to avoid any types of close contact," said Valoree Vernon, Epidemiologist at Utah Department of Health. "Don't touch or shake their hand."

If desk space is shared, Vernon recommends distancing yourself from the sick person to limit exposure.

"If you're feeling sick, you shouldn't go to work — period. You could be contagious for two to three days, maybe longer," Ryan White, director of communication said, citing information from an ER doctor from Mountain Star Timpanogos Regional Hospital.

Both White and Vernon said people working in health care and schools should avoid work if they're sick, because they're the most likely to be in contact with high-risk people.

If you have to come to work sick, Vernon said to always cover your mouth or nose with a tissue and throw it away right after.

"Continuously wash your hands with soap and water, and if that's not available, the alcohol-based gels are great," she said. "But the best thing to do is just to stay home, not just for you, but for others as well."
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