The Tiny Human has been sick. I’m starting to hack my head off. Many of my coworkers have been ILL. A few others have had minor sniffles or ongoing allergy issues (yes, allergies strike in Winter, trust me on this one). Those of us who aren’t sick are doing our best to avoid whatever staff and patrons are dragging in with them.
So how does one avoid illness when working with the public? Very carefully!
*Please note, I have no medical training of any kind. This are observations and practices I have developed based on my own experience. Contact your medical provider with questions. Results may vary.*
1.) If this is your first time working with the public (especially if you’re working with kids), you’re going to get sick.
I’m sorry, but that’s just how it goes. Your body needs time to build up immunities and if this is your first time working the circ desk, you’re going to catch everything that comes in. Start stocking up on tissues, cough drops, and pain medication.
2.) Wash your hands.
We all know this is one of the best ways to keep illness from spreading. Hand sanitizer will work in a pinch. Also, try to cough/sneeze into your elbow, not on your hands.
3.) Get a Flu Shot.
Trust me, this helps. It’s fairly affordable, with or without insurance. Many workplaces will even pay for their employees to get a flu shot.
And here is the biggie…..
4.) IF YOU ARE SICK, DO NOT COME TO WORK!!!!
Do you have a fever? Can you not spend more than 10 minutes away from a bathroom? Has a medical professional told you to stay home from work? THEN DON’T COME TO WORK. Seriously. Stay home. Rest. Get well. Keep whatever you have to yourself, we don’t want it here. The library will run without you. (Another Disclaimer: Check with your employers sick leave policy.)
That being said, if you are not sick, please come to work. We need you.
What are your illness prevention measures?