I’m Sick. Should I Stay Home?

Being sick is a part of life. And while you may love the idea of staying home in bed for a few days, this isn’t always possible. Going to work or school with the common cold is sometimes unavoidable. There are, however, times that you should stay home – such as when you suspect the flu.

The flu virus is highly contagious, and because the virus can spread in the air, staying away from others is key. Many people don’t get an annual flu vaccine, thus exposure to the virus puts them at risk.

But, when exactly should you stay home? Here are two tips to help you decide.

  • Do you have body aches? The common cold rarely causes body aches and extreme fatigue. Both are classic flu symptoms. Even if your symptoms aren’t severe, you may have a mild form of the flu. However, you’re still contagious.
  • Do you have a fever? Again, the common cold does not cause a fever. This is a sign of an infection, and if you’re around others, you can spread the flu virus.
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