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Don’t Sneeze: Office Etiquette for Flu Season
Wall Street Journal

 Mary Horowitz is escalating her war on germs this winter. She sometimes circles her employer’s offices after her co-workers have gone home, spraying light switches, keyboards and door handles with disinfectant. If colleagues cough or sniffle, she sprays the chair and surfaces they’ve touched as they’re leaving.

“I try not to be rude, and to joke about it,” telling co-workers, “I have a 3-year-old,” says Ms. Horowitz, a manager at a Cary, N.C., nonprofit.

With the flu at epidemic levels, many office workers are going to extremes to avoid germs, including stocking oranges, creating quarantine rooms and giving gifts of face masks. But coming face-to-face with a coughing, sniffling colleague requires empathy, tact—and good timing. Do you lean away and hold your breath, or just come out with it and suggest the co-worker go home?