What to Do When the Common Cold Spreads at Work

The common cold is something that spreads through workplaces, schools, and communities regularly. Many people accept the cold as something that goes around, but there are preventative measures you can take to lower your risk of catching a cold! If you’re facing a rise in the number of cold cases at your place of work, keep these things in mind. 

Staying Clean

Your workspace probably is not as clean as you think it is, even if it looks like it is. When was the last time you disinfected your keyboard? If you’re like most people, it’s been too long! Spend some time each day wiping down your workspace and cleaning the surfaces you touch most.

In addition to cleaning your workspace, you’ve got to keep yourself clean too. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose if you have to sneeze or cough and encourage your coworkers to do the same! You should avoid handshakes and other close physical contact with coworkers. 

Know the Symptoms 

Colds are most contagious 2-4 days after symptoms begin. The first symptoms are usually a runny nose and sore throat. Those symptoms are followed by sneezing, coughing, and general fatigue. If you notice any of these symptoms, staying home will help protect your coworkers against the illness. 


Cold symptoms can usually be managed at home using over the counter remedies. Cough and cold medications, pain relievers, and decongestants are all helpful tools to have at home. Moist air from a humidifier can help decrease throat irritation and coughing. If your symptoms persist, you might need professional medical treatment. The best place to seek treatment for your common cold is at a local urgent care center. Urgent care centers are able to provide quick, same-day care at a price anyone can afford. 

When you go to urgent care make sure to have a complete list of your medical history and any current medications or allergies to medications so they’re able to provide you with the best care. Visiting an urgent care center is a great way to rule out more serious illnesses and speed up the healing process so you can get back to work quickly! In addition to visiting urgent care you should drink plenty of fluids, rest, and continue practicing good hand hygiene.