COVID-19 has affected the world in so many ways. Social distancing has become a necessity in order to contain and prevent the virus from spreading. Businesses and other sectors are making adjustments on how they operate in order to protect the health of their employees; meaning, they can work from home and business transactions are mostly done remotely.
While it is nice to work at home and it can offer a lot of benefits to people, it can also bring a couple of health issues, especially in spring. Your pet’s hair, dander, dust, molds, and outside pollen in your home can trigger allergy symptoms. In order to be as productive and comfortable while working, you have to make sure that your at-home workspace is free from these indoor allergens that could make this a miserable time. Read on to learn how:
Remove dust in your workspace
One of the most common allergens that you can find at home is dust. Accumulation of dust in your at-home workplace can trigger a sneezing attack, or worse, asthma and allergy symptoms. When setting up your at-home workspace, make sure to make the area is as clean as possible first.
Control pet dander
If you have pets at home, there is a huge chance that its dander can trigger your allergy after some time. If possible, keep your workspace an animal-free zone. Vacuum your carpet and other furniture thoroughly to remove pet hairs sticking on it. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are proven to be more effective in reducing allergens on your carpets, upholstery, and furniture.
Invest in an air purifier with HEPA filter
Investing in air purifier has proven to have reduced respiratory illnesses and airborne diseases. Experts say that air purifiers with HEPA filters can also kill up to 99% bacteria that cause colds and flu. If you haven’t purchased an air purifier with HEPA filter, then this quarantine period is the best time to consider buying one in order to protect yourself against allergy attacks while working at home.
Reduce seasonal allergens
While it is nice to open up the windows and let the fresh air enter as you work, it’s not always so nice when it is spring and there is pollen starting to come into your home. A good way to avoid this is to work further away from the window or just keep them closed during peak pollen times.
Take your allergy medication
When you have an allergy, it is important to keep your medications ready should you need it, especially now that quarantine is ongoing. Whenever the symptoms start showing, make sure to take the prescribed medication. And whenever you start feeling something that might be caused by the medication, contact your allergists right away to have your allergy medications changed. You might also like to have yourself checked again just in case something else triggered your allergy attack.
Finally, while we are in the middle of this pandemic, it is important to know the difference between symptoms of allergies from COVID-19. This way, you won’t get alarmed unnecessarily and at the same time, you would know the right medications to take. Please contact us at 513-931-0775 if you have any questions or concerns during these times.