At the crossroads of cold, work and absenteeism



 If you lead your body with a cold to work, your boss may appreciate the spirit of fighting spirit, but it is a nuisance to your colleagues.



According to the daily newspaper 'The Guardian', in 2018, 141 million working days were lost in the UK due to the absence of workers due to a mild illness such as a cold. However, this number has been steadily declining since the early 2000s. In other words, the number of workers who go to work even when sick is increasing. It seems that the saddened commute to protect jobs is the same in England.


How many days should I rest if I catch a cold? The safety line suggested by experts is a whopping two weeks. However, there are very few benevolent employers who can be absent from work for two weeks 'only' because of a cold.


The contagiousness of a cold depends on the virus that causes it, but the first few days are the most dangerous. However, it is safe to go to work after the fever has subsided and coughing and sneezing have stopped.


The flu is a little different. You should think about taking a week off from work. This is because it is extremely contagious for the first 5 days after symptoms appear.


If you go to work without risking an illness for any reason, it is advisable to wash your hands frequently and separately collect tissues for coughing or blowing your nose. In addition, it is polite to co-workers to wipe the areas that they came into contact with, such as door handles and shared drawers, with disinfectant.


On the other hand, norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, is highly contagious, but staying at home for only 48 hours after the first diarrhea significantly lowers the risk of transmission.


If you have an upset stomach and have diarrhea, the diarrhea can last for weeks, but unless you are dehydrated, you shouldn't be absent from work. However, patients with diarrhea should wash their hands every time they go to the bathroom.