Should I call to say I am sick?

Discomfort occurred Saturday afternoon. You felt a little something in the back of the throat. Then it became painful. You do not pay attention to this irritation by saying that it would disappear by itself. Now you try to prepare yourself to go to work like every Monday morning. Your whole body is sore, you have a fever, and coughing and you struggle against fatigue despite a good night's sleep. You think you have the flu (caused by influenza virus).

But you must give the report at noon. And your boss has just appointed team leader for a crucial project (worthy to justify a promotion, if completed). Should you call to say you're sick? In a word: YES. Here's what you should do:

  • Tell your employer that you are sick. Do not be heroic. You do not need to prove to anyone that you can "hold on". The fact that you report to work when you are sick (and demonstrate presenteeism rather than absenteeism) does a disservice to anyone. You'll probably have a low yield and it is a good chance for you to have your flu - a highly contagious infection - your colleagues. Take a day off sick. If your boss insists that you come to work, tell him to keep in mind that people who report for work when they are sick may actually encourage more absenteeism in the future and cause to society that employs monetary losses due to decreased productivity;
  • Consult your doctor. If you really want to play the model employee, doing what it takes to get rid of your flu as quickly as possible in order to resume work. Ask your doctor to recommend treatment of influenza take at the onset of symptoms. The use of antiviral drugs within 48 hours after onset of symptoms can reduce the risk of influenza complications, alleviate symptoms and shorten its life;
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water, fruit juice and soup in particular;
  • Soothe the pain. Use of analgesics such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen to relieve your aches, your fever and your headaches;
  • You do not want to infect your colleagues, but you do not want to spread the flu to other people - like those who strongly with you, your neighbors and friends. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (you need to sing "Frere Jacques " slowly. Hahaha :)). Cover your mouth with your arm when you cough or sneeze. If you cough or sneeze into your hands or a tissue, wash your hands immediately after throwing the tissue. You do not want to get out of bed? The hand sanitizers containing 60% alcohol are also effective. Remember to use enough to completely moisten your hands, rub the liquid all over their surface until they are completely dry;
    Take the rest home. Stay at home to recover well. And take the word "rest" to the letter - do not try to work from home or perform household chores because you have the day free. Your body needs to recover. You should stay home at least 24 hours after the disappearance of your mouth.

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