It’s that time of year again, the flu season. The time of year where everyone at your office is, “Ah-Choo-ing!” on keyboards and sink faucets, manhandling microwave and refrigerator door handles, drooling on water fountains, and somehow managing to press every button on the vending machine with their bacteria infested digits. Before you know it, the entire office has been turned into sniffling, sneezing, aching, and coughing flu zombies. If you aren’t able to get the flu under control this year, you’ll end up finding out the true cost of getting the flu.
You’re sitting at your desk, minding your own business, when you hear a deafening, “Ah-choo!” spring forth from somewhere deep in the lungs of the other side of the office. Based on the time of year it is, your mind instantly goes into worst case scenario mode: the flu is upon us. The flu is no laughing matter, with nearly 40 million Americans being hospitalized every year. The best thing you can do for yourself — and your wallet — is to take a preventative measure and get a flu shot. The average cost is $35 per person, and is typically covered by most health insurance plans.
If you lack insurance, your wallet will be affected the most by having the flu. The average American can expect to pay more than $130 while battling the flu, with 1 out of 3 people spending between $250 and $1,000. The days you’ll be out of the office sick will nail your wallet as well. Last year, Americans missed 70 million workdays because of the flu, and overall, $87.1 billion is lost annually due to the sickness and its repercussions.
When you’re at work, make sure to avoid certain office surfaces that are teeming with bacteria. The main culprits are: sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, keyboards, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons, and vending machine buttons.
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