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6 tips for avoiding the flu in an open office

Nov 16, 2018
By Spencer Blackman
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Updated November 16, 2018.

Teamwork is a beautiful thing…until it makes you sick. According to a University of Arizona study, it took just four hours for the germs on a contaminated workplace door to spread to the work surfaces and hands of half the employees in the office! Other office germ hot spots include coffee pots, microwaves and refrigerator door handles.

Whether you’re getting a flu shot or not, protect yourself from office germs with our six tips for staying healthy in an open office environment. You’ll be healthier, more productive, and continue to love your coworkers—even through cold and flu season.

Let us know what you think of our guide and feel free to share it on your web site or blog. Then test your knowledge and increase your flu IQ with this fun and quick flu prevention video.

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Spencer Blackman, One Medical Provider

Spencer practices relationship-centered primary care, blending a traditional sensibility with up-to-date clinical knowledge and a strong focus on disease prevention. He enjoys getting to know his patients well, educating and empowering them to participate in health care decisions. Spencer completed his residency training at UCSF and practiced primary care, urgent care, sports medicine and adolescent medicine throughout the Bay Area before joining One Medical Group. He is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. Spencer is a One Medical Group provider and sees patients in our San Francisco offices.

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