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Cold, gastro, flu: Should I go to work or stay in bed?

This morning you woke up not feeling well. Your body tells you that you would be better in bed all day, but your head reminds you of the amount of work that awaits you at work. What to do? Which solution to choose?

A difficult decision to make

When you feel sick, it is obvious that given the choice, you would automatically take the option “I will stay in my warm bed”. Yes, but unfortunately, we don’t always have a choice!

We know it very well that rest promotes healing and again if we ever contaminated our colleagues or old people, it would really not be nice!

Despite everything, we really hesitate to be absent from work because the files accumulate, the boss is not always very sympathetic, not to mention the budget which takes a hit at each leave from work!

Here are some tips to help you make the right decision based on your symptoms.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea …

You probably have gastroenteritis. The symptoms are more or less intense depending on the individual, but there is little chance that you will be able to go to work with a gastro (if it is to spend the day in the toilet, as much to be at home!).

Generally, the symptoms are short-lived (24 to 48 hours). You can, therefore, return to work quickly, knowing that you will remain contagious for 48 hours after the symptoms have ended. Take care not to lend your glass or your tableware to your colleagues during these 2 days to avoid contaminating them.

Runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing …

You got cold or you got in touch with someone who was sick.

It is undoubtedly the beginning of a cold or nasopharyngitis that has attacked you this morning.

But what to do in this case? Everything depends on your condition.

  • Your symptoms are mild and you have no temperature (or very little, less than 38°C/100.4°F). You can go to work avoiding contaminating your colleagues: wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze in the crease of your elbow (not in your hands because otherwise, you will contaminate your entire environment!) And try to stay more than one meter from colleagues.
  • You have a fairly high fever, very sore throat, or lung pain when you cough. In this case, prefer to stay at home and consult a doctor quickly enough to avoid complications such as sinusitis or pneumonia.

How to react to the flu?

With the flu, we do not have so many questions to ask because, as a rule, we remain stuck in bed with aches everywhere, fever between 39.5°C and 40°C (103°F and 104°F), devoured by chills and often unable to move!

So, in this case, you stay at home. You can take paracetamol with ibuprofen to relieve muscle pain and lower the fever. And don’t forget to drink a lot to make up for the dehydration caused by the fever.

When you have the flu, you generally do not feel well for 3 to 5 days. So no need to consider going to work during this time (especially as you can risk spreading it to your colleagues).

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