slightly scratchy throat and a little congestion?
like a common cold and maybe you can get away with going to
work or school, and not infecting your colleagues if youíre
diligent and conscientious about covering your mouth and nose
when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands.
you have even the slightest chill, fever or the beginning of
body aches, you really need to stay home, according to
physicians and public health experts.
you have a fever thatís over 100.5 or youíre aching all
over, that is a good sign itís time to stay home," said
Peter McGough, medical director for the University of
Washington health clinics.
are the early, acute symptoms of the flu, and you should
definitely stay home because it is highly contagious in those
first days," McGough said. "All those people who are
hacking and coughing all around the office are probably in day
seven to 10. If they cover their mouth and wash their hands,
it may be OK."
acknowledged that it can be tough to stay home when people
have limited, or unpaid, sick days, but said itís still the
right thing to do.
other thing people do is go in when they know they are sick
with the misguided feeling that they donít want to let
people down," he said. "What they are doing, though,
is putting their co-workers at risk and if they work in any
kind of service industry, they are exposing the people they
are supposed to taking care of."
if you feel sick, you need to stay home," McGough said.
now itís an especially critical moment to observe
considerate health practices as there is a "ton" of
flu and respiratory viruses going around, he said.
are seeing both influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus,
which is very tough on children, older people and vulnerable
people, taking off like a jet."
Duchin, health officer for Public Health ó Seattle &
King County, also urged people with the classic flu symptoms
of headaches, body aches, fatigue and chills to stay home for
their own good and the good of others. He cautioned people to
practice good hygiene by washing hands and covering coughs
upon their return to work.
addition, Duchin urged people to get the flu vaccine.
are likely going to have 12 or more additional weeks in the
flu season," he said in an email. "There are
multiple respiratory viruses circulating, and your current
misery may be due to one of the non-influenza viruses, with
the real flu still to come."