7 Germs Commonly Found In Your Office And Why They’re Dangerous [Infographic]
Germs can be found everywhere and in busy office environments, they can spread without difficulty. Without proper cleaning practices, harmful germs can be left to multiply on surfaces and can easily be passed from person to person. Although many germs will have little effect on your workforce, there are some nasty strains which can cause sickness and infections, resulting in preventable employee absenteeism. Read on to find out more about common germs that can be found in offices and the dangers they pose.
Most common office germs:
MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
MRSA is a type of bacteria which is resistant to many types of antibiotic. The bacteria can live on your skin harmlessly, only developing into infections if it gets deeper into your body, often through wounds. It can be transmitted through touching infected skin or contaminated items and surfaces. Symptoms include: skin bumps, abscesses or boils, redness, swelling, pus, aches and pains, high temperature.
C. diff (clostridium difficile)
C. diff is a kind of bacteria which infects the bowel. Often, C. diff can follow a course of antibiotics but can easily be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces. Symptoms include: diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and dehydration.
Norovirus (stomach flu)
Norovirus is a very common stomach bug. There isn’t a cure for norovirus but symptoms should clear up in 2-3 days. It is highly infectious so you should stay home from work or school if contracted. Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty rest and take paracetamol to manage any pain. The main symptoms of norovirus are vomiting and diarrhoea, with some people also experiencing aching limbs, stomach cramps and a slight fever.
E. coli (escherichia coli)
E. coli is a contagious bacteria strain which can cause infection. It can be caught from products contaminated with faecal matter, as well as contaminated undercooked meat, raw dairy products and poorly treated water. The main symptom is severe diarrhoea, but vomiting and stomach cramps may also occur. Symptoms can last up to 2 weeks and can have more serious consequences for children and the elderly.
Salmonella bacteria is a cause of food poisoning. The bacteria can be found in farm animals therefore raw meat, poultry, eggs and milk can all be contaminated. Unwashed vegetables and fruit can sometimes become contaminated too. Pets, particularly reptiles, can also carry salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and sometimes a fever.
Flu is a contagious virus which causes a variety of symptoms, primarily those involving the respiratory system. Flu is spread by contact with infected individuals or contaminated surfaces but can be prevented by the flu vaccine. Flu symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, headaches, and more.
H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori)
H. pylori is a common form of bacteria which can be transmitted through contact with unsanitary surfaces and water. Symptoms can take a long time to develop but can include indigestion, gastritis and stomach ulcers.
Number of deaths mentioning the above germs:
- MRSA: 292
- C.diff: 1487
- Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA): 265
How to prevent germs from spreading
The spread of most germs can be prevented by these simple hygiene practices:
- Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly
- Practicing good food hygiene
- Sanitise surfaces regularly
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