This virus is spread primarily from one person to another via the airborne route of transmission. When a person with Influenza is coughing and sneezing they are expelling tiny droplets into the air which contain the virus. Most people who get Influenza are exposed to the virus by breathing in these tiny droplets expelled by sick people. The virus however can be spread onto environmental surfaces via these same droplets. If a healthy person touches a virus contaminated surface and then rubs their eyes or nose they are then potentially exposed to the virus. Some studies suggest the virus contaminated surfaces can still infect people 8 hours after initial contamination.

What is the best way to prevent the spread of influenza in the workplace?

People with Influenza like Illness (ILI) symptoms should be encouraged via workplace policies to stay home. Even with workplace policies there still may be various reasons outside of your control that results in people with ILI symptoms in or visiting your workplace. Therefore everyone should be educated on the basics of Influenza control including the importance of participating in seasonal Influenza vaccination programs.