(Closed) At what point do you just stay confined at home with your winter illness?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Brook10:  being sick doesn’t necessarily mean contagious

Post # 3
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

For me it’s vomitting/diarrhea or a fever over 100. My temps usually 97.2-97.5, so that’s pretty high for me…I should probably consider cutting it off a little lower, lol.  It’s hard to decide between stressing your co-workers out because they have to cover for you and potentially getting them sick.

Post # 4
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

A contagious illness that’s worse than a cold means you should stay home.

Post # 5
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If I’m feeling really bad, and/or if the illness is obvious (like constant sneezing), I try to stay home. 

I think it’s so weird when people just say “I’m sick!” – because they never seem to expect you to be grossed out or want to stand farther away or not shake hands or whatever. They seem to think they can warn you and you still act totally normal. No thanks – if you tell me you’re sick, I’m getting away if possible.

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Post # 7
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Brook10:  If I have a cold, I will stay home from work. Today, I actually have a weird stomach thing going on so I stayed home as well. I’m a teacher and I’m constantly around germs (I have a very good immune system – but sometimes the germs get me!) so if I am sick, the last thing I want to do is spread them to my kiddos! 

Post # 8
2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I stay home the entire time I’m sick, showing symptoms. And at the very least I def would not invite the family over to my house for holiday get togetherness knowing I had germs all over the house, unlike some past years where the entire family has gotten the flu at the same time at Christmas. 




Post # 9
3036 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I’d have to be something worse than a cold. I’ve had a cold since before christmas and I’m just now starting to feel better… (I think I got a different cold when I was back at work between Xmas & NYE?)

I’m not going to use an entire week or two of my vacation time because I have a cough and sniffles. Luckily I was off work most of that time anyways. But if the same had happened when I wasn’t off… 

Post # 10
1039 posts
Bumble bee

It all depends on whether the person is question has a contagious illness.

Symptoms for winter allergies, colds and even the flu can seem almost identical. It’s up to them to get checked out and determine what the best course of action is.

A lot of people in my office are under the weather but those of us with a mild cold are are still here, while someone with the flu is out of the office indefinitely.

Post # 11
6294 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Brook10:  Generally speaking I try to rest as much as possible and stay in, and cancel non-essential activities (eg visiting friends/going shopping/etc). With regards to work, we have a very strict absence policy and if I called in sick every time I had a cough or cold I would have been sacked by now (my asthma makes me very susceptible to chest infections so I get them quite frequently); so, unless I have V+D (in which case, as I work with food, we are told not to work) or am physically unable to work, I will go into work.

I think some people are overly cautious; a cold is not going to kill the average person, so sugesting people lock themselves indoors at the merest hint of a sniffle is absurd. I would hope most people would be sensible and not engage in non-essential activities that could make them sicker or increase the chances of them passing it to others, and also make sure they are practicing good hygeine (using fresh tissues and disposing of them straight away/washing their hands frequently etc); I think doing more than that is pretty unnecessary.

Also, of all the (many) times I’ve had a cold I’ve caught it off my OH or a family member before they started showing symptoms. You are highly unlikely to catch something off the cashier who served you for all of 2 minutes.

Post # 12
9213 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

When I first started my job, I would come to work even if I was feverish and hacking up a lung because I wanted to look all ambitious and driven and shit. Now, if I wake up and my throat is just a teensy weensy bit dry, I send out the “WORKING FROM HOME, SICK” email in 2 seconds flat.

Oh how times have changed.

Post # 13
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you have a fever or you might be contagious, stay your butt at home. If you absolutely have to come into work I better see you wearing a mask and carryng hand sanitizer with you everywhere. It’s just plain rude to expose other people to your illness. Once you get past the contagious stage, just be kind and use hand sanitizer after blowing your nose, etc.

Post # 14
10651 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Brook10:  There are many conditions were someone may feel sick enough to mention it, without it being contagious.  People don’t ‘catch’ those illnesses.

Post # 15
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think the same thing when people tell me they’re sick. Sure, there are things that aren’t contagious that make you sick, but let’s be real – most of the winter sicknesses are viral and totally contagious. I realize that you can’t stay home for the whole course of a cold, but someone who is actively sniffly/blowing their nose/etc. is probably contagious and is probably touching things that others will touch. I think people should at least be sensitive about the fact that they are sick and practice good hygiene when blowing their noses and coughing. 

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