Health officials stress that the best way to stay healthy is good, old-fashioned common sense: Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently; avoid touching your mouth and nose; avoid people who are coughing and sneezing—all time-tested ways to avoid more minor illnesses like the common cold and flu.
They’re simple rules that, if followed, would make the world a healthier place. Here are the most common virus-spreading mistakes to avoid, no matter what time of year it is or what’s going on in the news.
If you are contagious, it’s not appropriate to go to the office and “power through it”—even if you have a job that is deemed “essential.” “For the love of humanity, do not come to work if you are sick or believe you may have the flu,” states Michèle Oricoli, Certified Etiquette Consultant and founder of More Than Manners. “Sharing, in this case, is not caring.”