Why Shouldn’t You Go to Work With the Flu?
Most employees will at one time have to toy up with the idea of going or not going to work when suffering from the flu. With over a third of the employees still going to work despite their mild illness, chances are that more and more people will make it to the workplace with the influenza virus. This is never a good idea.
Yes, staying at home will add up a lot of missed hours. If you are paid per hour, you will lose your maximum possible wage. If the off days affect your leave, you will eat into this messing up that once a year vacation you so much cherish. All these reasons might sound plausible but they will never justify going to work when suffering from the flu.
You Will Infect Other People
The influenza virus is highly mobile and you can transmit it to your colleagues through body contact or touching shared objects and surfaces. Moreover, a mere cough or sneeze will spray the virus a couple of feet and could infect anyone in this radius. Staying at home will keep people at work safer hence keeping productivity high. It is also nice to avoid infecting other peoples.
You Won’t Recover As Fast
Bed rest is the best weapon you will ever have against the flu. Depriving your body of the rest it needs to bolster its immune system will just prolong your recovery time. Resting will shorten your recuperation time hence giving you time to hit the ground running once you are fully recovered.
If you don’t want to spend your days feeling miserable in the bed, you will be better off telecomuting than traveling to the office.
You Won’t Be As Effective As You Would Want to Be
That constant headache and the fever will be a constant reminder that you are still sick. Try as you may, you won’t be able to achieve your normal productivity levels. You might clock in the hours but you will not be as useful as you would be if you stayed at home, rested and came back once fully recovered.
It Could Result In a Fatality
Most healthy adults can shrug off the flu by enduring a couple of uncomfortable days and a fever. However, people suffering from chronic illnesses like diabetes or infants will have trouble fighting the infection. Infecting such a person at work could have fatal consequences.
Staying at home if you work with children is mandatory. Keeping off other employees simply because you don’t know their medical history or if they have children back at home is polite. Your otherwise mild illness could turn into something catastrophic if you infect the wrong person.
How Long Should You Stay Away?
You are contagious for at least a day before the symptoms begin showing and will stay so for a couple of days. You could stay infectious especially if the symptoms wane in under two days since your body will have just subdued the virus but hasn’t fully eradicated it. This makes you a carrier and you can still infect people.
Give yourself some padding time to ensure that you are fully recovered. If you are still sneezing or have a runny nose, keep away and avoid going to work unless it is absolutely necessary. Practicing proper hygiene, washing hands frequently, avoiding contact with people or public objects and covering your mouth as you sneeze will reduce the rate at which you infect others.