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Asked by Katelyn Kuhn
Workplace Health and Safety
Cold and Flu

How sick is too sick to go to work or school?

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Zelda Heidenreich
December 19, 2019 7:37PM

This is often a really tricky call to make. You don’t want to miss important information or let work pile up in your absence, but you also don’t want to get others sick.

However, when a fever is involved, the choice is simple: Stay home. You should wait at least 24 hours after the fever’s gone before returning to the outside world. This can be especially helpful in preventing the spread of seasonal flu.

Other symptoms tend to have more wiggle room, and the choice often ends up being a complicated dance of trying to balance how important it is to be there, how contagious you are, how flexible your work or school is, and how much your symptoms would impact your quality of work.

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Dylan Holbach
January 07, 2020 10:41PM
Depends on the symptoms but if you have a fever, it is a good idea to stay home. If it is just a common cold, you can still go in.
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Mohammad tavakoli
January 09, 2020 3:52PM
I think fever is the best answer for you
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Jessie
January 11, 2020 12:58AM
as long as u feel good to go there
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Dana Kullmann
January 13, 2020 1:23AM
I'm rarely too sick to go to work. However there have been days when I feel too good to go to work!
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Cordelia Marino
January 08, 2020 1:42PM
puking orhi fever but if you have cold its fine just dont go couphing on people
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Doug Schwandt
January 09, 2020 3:36PM
I recently came down with quite a bout of bronchitis. For most of it, I ran no fever, but the coughing and hacking I was experiencing, reinforced to me that this was one thing I didn't want to share with anyone! I know, the "rule" is, if you don't have a fever, you can go to work or school. The reality is that you are still spewing that bacteria- or virus-ridden vapor into the air as you cough or sneeze, and your productivity would be markedly reduced if you spent a lot of time washing your hands (or applying hand sanitizer), after having covered your cough or sneeze, or blown your nose. Aches and pains, in and of themselves, are little to no reason to miss work. Generally, as you prepare for work, most of the "sleepytime" aches and pains disappear, of go down the drain as you shower in the morning. That doesn't mean that you don't check out a pain so serious that it "stops you in your tracks." I had such a pain, and it turned out to be a hernia. You do not need to be taken by ambulance from your workplace, because you thought it would go away. These are the standards that I personally go by, and I do not abuse them. A word of warning, though: If you are too sick to go to work or school, then you are too sick to be doing things away from home, or even outside your house. If you're too sick to go in, you're too sick to weed your garden, mow your lawn or clean your gutters. Sick days are for you to seek medical attention, if need be, and get better.
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Leah Tierno
January 09, 2020 7:13PM
Flu, Common cold, or a disease or sickness where you need vitamins is on my list.
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Taliyah Anderson
January 10, 2020 12:21AM
When you are too sick to go to work and school is by throwing up or saying you dont feel good and call in and just go to the doctor and get an check up and get 2 copies of it and take one to school and work and then that how you do it . Even when you play sick you can use this advice its very good advice to me if you want to have free time or some relaxtion time.....
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Silas Ailith
January 10, 2020 1:50AM
migrenes or cervical pain i cant even see straight anymore nevermind being useful
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Selma Purisic
January 10, 2020 2:47AM
to the point where you dont even hear your alarm ring
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Ollie Rawlinson
January 10, 2020 3:39PM
If your ilness is contagious you should definitely not go into school or work as other people could catch your ilness and that would be selfish.
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shami naz
4 days ago
If he has no intention todo work
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Mary Agyekumwaa
January 12, 2020 8:46PM
I think accident is the best ans for u
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Megan Marais
3 days ago
I think that if you feel really dizzy, stay at home. This is because if you are in secondary school or work in a building with a lot of stairs, then you can lose your footing on the way down if you feel exceptionally dizzy at that point in time. Another reason for this is because being dizzy will completely throw of your concentration levels and you will fail to work.
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Isabella GL
January 13, 2020 3:00AM
by throwing up to much and have a fever
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Margaret Lind
6 days ago
Runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever... Sometimes, it's "hay fever" or allergies. Or symptoms of a "cold."
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shami naz
4 days ago
he is enough illfor work or going to school,when fe does not want to work or go to school.Otherwise,if his heart is with her,he willdo work and alsogo to school in every condition.
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Sophie Edward
4 days ago
If you vomit you are not able to go to school for the next 24 hours
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Valerie Hiltz
4 days ago
If you cannot hold your head up you are too sick to go to work.
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tom thumb
5 days ago
When I feel I will not be as productive as I should, I stay home, it's not fair to anyone else and could be spreading germs.
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Edward Scott
5 days ago
When considering how sick a person Hass to be to stay home from work or school, a person has to consider how contagious they are and how they present the impact on other people in the work environment.
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January 13, 2020 6:04AM
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y y
January 11, 2020 6:41PM
when you are too sick to get anything done or have a serious sicknesses that can easily spread
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EMILY YOUNG
6 days ago
I say you need to take off when you cant make it out of bed with a fever and then you have to make your way to the doctor so you can get better as fast as you can
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Avishi Mehta
6 days ago
If you're feeling down. Or if what you have is really big
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Magdalene Raju
January 13, 2020 7:27PM
First thought is probably something contagious, aka like an outbreak of the flu that you could pass on. But if it is just a cough or a cold then you should be fine. If your trying to miss school though, I totally understand why.
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Avan Abbaszadeh
January 13, 2020 6:59PM
im in school
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Dylan Morris
January 13, 2020 1:04PM
It depends how sick you really are.
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McKenna Craig
January 09, 2020 9:48PM
I personally believe that if you either get a fever or the flu, you should stay home so you can become better.
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Armando Hinojosa
January 10, 2020 6:55PM
If you dont fell good dont go. Omg bruh i like my job.
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J Turtle
January 10, 2020 11:03PM
The least sick you can be to not go to work is if your throwing up or you can't focus on anything
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Lilyana Wilson
January 09, 2020 11:38PM
flu , thrwing up every 3 seconds,diease
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Natasha Moore
January 08, 2020 2:16PM
symptoms like runny nose, fever, headache, coughing, or sore throat? Maybe you have back pain or a sinus infection and are wondering if you're too sick to go to work or school. How can you decide whether you or your child is better off trying to work (or go to school) or taking a sick day?First and foremost, consider whether you are putting yourself or others at risk if you go to work. You're putting others at risk if you or your children have a contagious illness (more on that later). You're putting yourself at risk if the symptoms of your condition, or the side effects of medication, could cause you to have an accident on the job, injure others, or produce devastating mistakes in your work product. Putting anyone in harm's way is a clear reason to stay home.Obviously going to work when you or your children can make others ill is not a good idea. Regarding contagious illnesses, many school systems have a "fever rule." Any child who is out sick must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. This rule is designed to keep those with contagious illnesses away from others, and it is likely a good way to ensure that kids with the flu, strep throat, or other serious infections don't spread the germs to others. Applying the fever rule will only work in certain situations, however. What about infections that may easily spread to others but don't necessarily cause a fever? Contagious conditions that don't cause fever include the common cold, pinkeye, earache, and gastroenteritis.
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JT Schley
January 07, 2020 7:37PM
Saterical: When your about to die.