Post # 1
So, I stopped by a co-worker’s desk this morning to say good morning and to find out how her weekend was, and she told me not to come too close, as she’s pretty sure she has pink eye.
Um…isn’t pink eye highly contageous? And if it is…what in the WORLD is she doing in the office today?? She said she just needs to call her doctor and get an Rx, but this is how this kind of crap spreads. Stay at home if you have pink eye! I promise that the world will not end if you stay home from work one day.
Does this happen often in your office? Do people come in no matter how sick they are? I have to admit, that if I have a silly cold, I’ll still come in the office. I just use lots of hand sanitizer…especially after I blow my nose. But, if I had the flu or pink eye or a stomach bug, my butt is staying home!
Post # 3
Ummm. Pink Eye is super contageous. I would honestly stay away from her. Fiance had a doctor’s note for 5 days off work because of how contageous pink eye is. And I got it too, it sucks. Yes, stay home. god, people sometimes…
Post # 4
Extremely contagious!!! She totally should have stayed at home, or at least be wearing the eye patch. You should go talk to your HR person about it or else everyone in the entire office will end up with itchy crusty eyes.
Post # 5
Very contagious! I got it randomly in college from a guy handing me papers (who shouldn’t have been in class). I hope she goes home and doesn’t infect everyone else in your office!
Post # 6
Ugh…I totally thought so! As soon as she said it, I wanted to run away! She’s touching everything in the office, and now we’re all going to end up with it. Yeash!
Post # 7
Omg tell her to go home!! Its VERY contagious! When you have pink eye you have to wash all your sheets/pillow cases and are even supposed to sanitize glasses if you wear them. Tell her to go to the doctor!
Post # 8
As a mom. let me confirm-super contagious! It lives on surfaces and then you touch it and then inadvertently touch your eye. I’ve seen it spread through a whole class room and then the mom’s get it and bring it to work. Bad all around.
She is super contagious for a period of time AFTER she starts the meds too. I would not touch anything she has. And I’d use lots of hand sanitizer.
Post # 9
She NEEDS to leave! I would go tell your boss and they’ll have to make her go home. Pink eye is highly contagious. I wouldn’t be surprised if other people in your office have already contracted it.
As for your question, if I have a cold I’ll normally come in. I know I shouldn’t but I’m not going to stay home for a whole week and blow through all my sick time for a stupid cold. I need to feel like complete and utter crap in order to take an actual sick day. However, if I had something as contagious as pink eye, you better believe I’m staying home. Even if I came in, my employer would force me to leave. It’s just one of those things you don’t screw around with. Next thing you know, the whole office will be out with it.
Post # 10
The short and definitive answer to this question is ‘Yes!’ Pink eye, or conjunctivitis to give it its medical name, is highly contagious and can spread from one eye to the other, and all around the family if common sense precautions are not taken.
Post # 11
How long is pink eye contagious?
Pink eye is contagious whilever there is tearing, a discharge or matting of the eyelids, especially during sleep. The discharge indicates that bacteria or virus are still present. Once the discharge symptoms have stopped, the sufferer is no longer contagious and may return to school or work again as appropriate. Pink eye usually remains contagious from 3 to 7 days.
If a doctor has prescribed antibiotic drops or ointment, the sufferer should wait at least 24 hours after beginning the treatment before returning to school or work.
Post # 12
Hold up, hold up! Ask her if it is pink eye due to an allergen or hay fever. In that case, it is NOT contagious. If it is the contagious sort, disinfect everything she may have had contact with and yes, ask her kindly to stay home until the infection is gone.
Post # 13
Pink eye is super contagious. I received it from my ex a few years ago and I had a worse case then him. I had it in one eye then both and then the other eye. That co-worker of yours shouldn’t be at work with pink eye.
Post # 14
@reserak: Agreed. It could POSSIBLY be because of an allergen. But if not, then she shouldn’t even be in work. Uncool on her part.
Post # 15
@SoontobeMrsA: Thanks for the good info. I’m totally forwarding it to her and telling her to get the heck out of here! I don’t want pink eye!
And I would tell HR or her boss, but we ARE HR. Which is even more ridiculous that this isn’t common sense to her. And our boss is out of the office with a family emergency right now, so he’s not going to be able to tell her to go home either. The good thing is, we’re pretty friendly…so hopefully me telling her to go home will resonate!
And I get when people don’t go home b/c they just have a nasty cold. Those happen to me more often than I can count. But this kind of thing isn’t something that you should mess with!
Post # 16
Super contagious! My sister used to get it allll the time and my mom would basically lysol her room every day and then everything she touched. And about 50% of the time someone in the house would get it anyway. If she has it, I’m sure it’s already spread to at least one person in the office. I’d definitely tell a supervisor, they’ll make her go home and make an announcement to the rest of the office.