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Study: Nearly 60 percent of people go to work sick

September 30, 2013

ROSWELL, GA — If there is one thing most workers can count on this cold and flu season, it's that a co-worker will likely be responsible for getting them sick, according to the Huffington Post.

A new study issued by Kimberly-Clark Professional indicated that “nearly 60 percent of employees go to work when they're sick," the release stated.

Charles Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, said germs can be spread throughout the workplace and elsewhere when people touch "hot spots" — such as an elevator button, stair railing or ATM — that have been contaminated by people who are ill, the article noted.

According to the article, several tips to help prepare for this year's cold and flu season include:

  • Speaking up
  • Taking steps to prevent the spread of germs
  • If you're sick, stay home.

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