A recent study found that 9 out of 10 Americans admit to going to work while sick. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares that this finding does not surprise him, and he admits that it may not be possible to take off work while you have a common cold. He does share however, that if you come to work and you're sick and you're not being conscientious, "You're going to infect other people!" This is especially important if you are back to work in an office environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Travis shares the results of a study that placed a virus on an object in a workplace and it spread to 60% of the workers in just 4 hours. He warns you have to wash your hands, you cannot cough out in the open, and have to be really thoughtful. During the current pandemic, it would help to protect others by wearing a face mask and washing your hands frequently.
Many offices have lots of people together in a small space, and it is really easy to spread germs through office environments. If you are in an office remember to also clean high touch surfaces like your phone, keyboard, doorknobs, coffee makers.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry pleads, "If you're an employer, let your people stay home if they have the flu." The bottom line: If you're feeling sick, it's better to take the time off of work, especially now.