If, on the way to your desk, you pass that one person in the office who absolutely won’t go home, even though their face is exploding with mucus, don’t count on a day off. Just looking at sick people can kick your immune system into gear.
If you’re in a shared office environment, you probably wash you hands after using the restroom. That’s good hygiene, but you might consider washing your hands after touching the coffee pot. A recent study determined that it’s a “hot zone” in your office.
Anything that multiple people come into contact with is cause for germ exposure. The handles for the hot/cold water, the door knob… Telephones too, but personal cell phones are putting a dent in that. On a related note, the fist bump is more healthy than shaking hands because although contact is being made – it’s not where most of the germs are.
If you’re already sick, or feel like something is coming on – look to eat foods high in vitamin C. There are foods with higher concentrations of vitamin C than oranges, and they’re low in vitamin K (if any at all).
Don’t forget that we live because of symbiosis with bacteria…