Post # 1
Has anyone encountered a situation at work or school where a good friend constantly comes in sick and contagious, even if they have a fever?
I’ve been close friends with a classmate now for 2 years and around once every 4-6 weeks (seriously), she comes to school sick–coughing, sneezing, sometimes forgetting to cover her mouth. Today, she came in with a fever and complained incessantly about how bad she felt. I finally said something to her along the lines of “Well you should really go home, because I don’t want to catch what you have!” She sort of dismissed me and said “Maybe it’s allergies from the weather changing.”
Since we’re friends, we sit beside each other in most classes we have together, and about 7 times out of 10 I catch what she had. I have no idea how to deal with this! Does anyone have a similar experience they can share about whether to say anything, and what to do?
Post # 3
Just start spraying Lysol on everything she touches til she gets the message.
Post # 4
One of our clinicians came in today like DEATHLY ill. She kept coming up to ask me questions (we are having a lot of technical issues today) and I just wanted to scream and tell her to go home! She only works 2x a week and she had to meet with an extremely non-compliant client today, so I totally get why she came in, but PLEASE stay in your office and don’t infect the rest of us!
Post # 5
I guess you have to decide what’s more important. Staying healthy or stop sitting with her, which will probably end your friendship.
You could tell her the reason why but it probably won’t change her behavior. At this point, I’d be like “Sorry but I’m not sitting close to you when you’re sick.”
Post # 6
I’m one of those people who comes in sick. I don’t get sick often, but unless I’m puking, I get up and go. I would rather come in and be sent home than call in.
Post # 7
The woman I work next to is the same way! She was in a few days ago complaining that she felt terrible, and said she must have caught what her daughter had. Great… so she’s knows it’s contagious yet still comes in and touches everything?
I just asked her not to touch my computer or phone, and kept saying “Maybe you should go home” or “You sound terrible, you should probably get some rest” every time she complained.
If there’s extra space in your classes I’d think about putting a seat between you two. If she says anything just say you really can’t afford to get sick and miss classes right now.
And carry around abox of Clorox whipes. And stock up on echinacea tea. I drink that like crazy whenever cold / flu season comes around.
Post # 8
Unless I’m barfing or incapable of driving I come in. I don’t have the time off to take a day every time I get the sniffles. I do stay in my office though and don’t go into coworkers offices because I know how they feel about sickness.
Post # 9
I worked in child care, where I was regularly sick for 6 weeks OR MORE with one cold.
So I frequently went places sick.
Post # 10
If I have a cold I go in, if I have fever or something contagious I stay home. I went to school once with a raging fever to take a final, my professor ending up sending me home because he was afraid I was going to pass out. It was the last day of finals and he was nice enough to give me an incomplete to take it at the start of the next semester.
Post # 11
I did this yesterday, and felt awful 🙁 I was apologetic, didn’t shake hands, sat away from everyone, and offered hand sanitizer to others.
I skipped my class but couldn’t skip my four meetings, so it is what it is. Today, I’ve stayed at home. My cough is worst and law students are a germaphobic bunch (rightfully so)!
Post # 12
@CandieC88: This makes me soooooo angry when people do this!!!!! I’m a germaphobe so I cant stand to be near people who are sick!! Like stay home if you are sick not spread it all around the world!! I had an old co worker that would come in coughing and hacking all over the office and I was armed with my Lysol wipes!!!
Post # 13
@vorpalette: +1 I always come in when I am sick.
However I make sure I am taking care of myself the best I can. I don’t just go sneezing on everyone’s stuff or wiping my nose with my hand. I take every healthy measure possible. I will call in if it is pink eye or strep throat though.
Post # 14
I’m pretty isolated up in my reserach tower. There is practically no reason for students to come up here and about 10 people actually work on my floor compared to the 60 or so on the same sized floor below us. It’s difficult for me to catch stuff or pass things on with anyone except my FI. FI however works retail with zero sick days so he works through all of his illnesses and brings them home to share with me :/ If I feel up to my commute (2 miles on foot) I come in and work because there’s no one to get sick really. If I don’t feel up to my commute I stay home.
Post # 15
I work at a university, and at least one of the student employees in our office is always sick. Blehhhh. I am always telling people to stay away from my desk (only half-joking) and cringeing as I watch students use the community computers and phones in our student workroom. I want to cry thinking about it.
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
ugh, this just happened to me. my parents came to visit, and my mom had a super contagious cold. she doesn’t seem to like visiting my home, and will try to think of any excuse she can to not come over. but for some reason, having a terrible cold did not stop her this time. now both me and my husband are sick. SUPER ANNOYING!