Keeping Colds and Flu at Bay in Corporate America

Millions of people suffer each year with the misery of runny noses, coughs, and sleepless, fever-filled nights. In the United States alone, the flu results in $7 billion a year in lost productivity and 17 million missed work days. Pause on that statistic for a moment. Every year the US economy misses out on $7 billion dollars of productivity because people get sick from the flu. It’s a staggering number, but facility managers and maintenance supervisors can be the difference between a building where people are healthy and working or sick and sent home.

In addition to the productivity toll, the flu can cause serious complications and even death. The 2017-2018 flu season was one of the worst in history with an estimated 80,000 flu related deaths. Doctors are hopeful this year’s flu will not be a repeat of last year. However, in late October the US Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first pediatric flu death of the season. This sad news is a reminder that the winter flu season has begun and that flu remains a very real public health concern.

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