Workplace Wellness

Are you prepared for an illness outbreak?

Most germs are spread by hands; hands carry germs throughout the office. With one touch, germs easily spread to co-workers and common work surfaces.

What is a Flu Pandemic?

A Flu Pandemic is an outbreak of a new strain of flu virus. A Flu can travel quickly from person to person. Pandemic Flu is usually transmitted the same way as seasonal Flu by coughing, sneezing, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Is there currently a pandemic strain of Flu Virus in Canada?

Yes. A current strain of the H1N1 virus has been reported in Canada. The World Health Organization (WHO) are responsible for tracking new strains of the Flu virus.

What is the H1N1 Flu Virus?

Sometimes called the human swine flu, H1N1 is a strain of the Flu virus that usually affects pigs, but can also make people sick. Studies are needed to determine how easily the virus spreads between people, it is believed that it is spread the same way as the regular seasonal flu.

Signs and Symptoms of H1N1 Flu

The symptoms of H1N1 flu typically come on suddenly and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, and fatigue. Some people with H1N1 Flu have also reported diarrhea and vomiting.

It is important to clean your hands frequently using the following proper hand washing techniques.
  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap.
  • Rub hands together to make lather and scrub entire hand surface.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • If possible, use a paper towel to run off the faucet.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer.

If you must cough or sneeze

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  • Immediately dispose of used tissues in a waste basket.
  • If a tissue is not available, sneeze into your upper sleeve and NOT your hands.
  • After coughing or sneezing, clean your hands with soap and water, or with an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Downloadable Resources

Boma Canada Pandemic Planning Guide for Commercial Buildings

Influenza Pandemic: Business Continuity Planning Guide


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