When Should You Return To Work After A Cold?

March 2, 2017

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It's the peak of the cold and flu season, which means there's a good chance you'll pick up that runny nose, some aches and pains and a high fever. So you take a day off to recover and then it's decision time: should you return to work or school?  Although you may be feeling better you can still be contagious to others. It can take anywhere from two to 10 days (sometimes longer) for your body to fight off cold and flu viruses.  During that time, you can spread the germ through coughing and sneezing.  So the good rule of thumb is to stay away from other people if you are still coughing, sneezing, sniffing or wheezing; even if your aches and pains are gone.  But if you must be around other people while sick, you can reduce the risks of spreading germs by coughing into the crook of your elbow, washing your hands frequently and using a new tissue every time you wipe your nose.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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