For anyone who has had to deal with seasonal allergies in the past, they know how frustrating it can be to walk around every day with itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and headaches. Allergies can come in all different types however now, with COVID-19 and social distancing orders in place, there is another layer of frustration to add.
The thought of sneezing or coughing within 6 ft. of someone – or being out in public at all with what seems like flu symptoms can create friction.
If your office has reopened and you are operating under new social distancing guidelines, it’s important to get ready for the FALL 2020 allergy season. You’ll need more than some extra boxes of tissue on hand this year.
To keep germs and viruses out of the air, you‘ll also need more frequent sanitizing and strict rules about wearing masks and hand cleanliness.
Here are some more tips to help your office get ready for Fall Allergy Season.
Understand the Source of Allergies
While it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint how and what someone might be allergic to without testing by a professional, there are some things you can work to eliminate from the work environment to help reduce the chances of allergy attacks at the office. Pollen for example and airborne molds from weeds and the outdoors are a leading cause of Fall allergies. If you can keep the windows closed and use an air purifying system in your workplace it might help to filter out of some of those allergens before they can begin to wreak havoc on your workforce.
Keep the Air Clean
Pet dander is another common cause for allergies if you can have employees reduce the amount of traction through the office and even encourage them to take their coats and belongings to their own desks rather than a shared coat rack it can help keep those who are allergic to animal hairs from getting them mixed on their clothing.
Keep OTC Medicines Stocked
Of course, battling allergies and colds is inevitable. You can help alleviate some of the work time stress and pain by providing access to over the counter medicines like fever reducers and even antihistamines in your workplace’s first aid cabinet.