I began working full time for TKO Graphix  June 7th of 2010. Although I went home sick a couple of times and left for appointments, until 2018 I’d never called in sick, I still haven’t because I texted. On this occasion, even though I had flu like symptoms, I was getting ready to go to work when I remembered something I’d recently read. One of our customer’s had posted a checklist on how to avoid and stop the spread of the flu. One of the bullet points was – stay home from work when you’re sick.

I’m fortunate that I’m not often taken down by bacteria and viruses. However, for most of my work career when I did catch a bug I went to work regardless. It’s only taken me 40 years to figure out that I was being selfish, self-centered, and egotistical. Did I think the world would end if I didn’t make it into work? I certainly didn’t consider my co-workers and how easy it would be for me to infect them.

When Should You Stay Home From Work?

CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

“Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.” Stopping the spread of germs at home, work, and school.

Mayo Clinic

“The important things for people to know is that if they have influenza-like illness and they are otherwise healthy, they usually don’t need to see their doctor, they can stay at home, meaning don’t go to work, don’t go to school, get plenty of rest, don’t try to do work from home and get plenty of fluids. This is really the hallmark of how you take care of yourself during influenza season.” — Have the flu? Stay home!

The New York Times

“Remember: It’s not just about you. Even if you can battle the flu by enduring a miserable week, it can be deadly for others, especially pregnant women, young children and older people. And no matter how many precautions you take, there’s no way to eliminate risk to people around you.” — If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t Here is What Doctor’s Advise.

WebMD

“You can give other people your cold just by being around them. Your sneezes and coughs can send virus particles as far as 12 feet through the air where they can land in someone’s mouth or nose or be inhaled into the lungs. Others can also catch your cold if they touch you or something you’ve come into contact with and then touch their mouth or nose.” — How long should you stay home with a cold or flu?

I Don’t Have a Fever so, I’m not Contagious

Let me take this away from those of you like me who have thought if they don’t have a fever they’re not contagious. “Myth: If you have a fever you’re contagious.  “If you have a fever, it doesn’t mean you are contagious, and when you are contagious, you may not have a fever. So don’t use having it as a guideline of when you should stay away from other people. — Prevention: 6 fever myths busted.

Take Care of Yourself and Show Some Respect for Others

I used to take pride in my attendance record, and for the most part, I still do, just not the days I’ve come to work when I knew better – when I was sick and most likely contagious. I apologize to all my friends and co-workers I’ve infected over the years. I’m sorry. Next time I’m sick I’ll stay home from work. And yes, I wrote this from home.

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