It might be you, it might be your co-worker, but at some point this winter, someone’s going to show up at the office when they shouldn’t. Dragging ourselves to work sick—a behavior social scientists call “presenteeism”—costs employers $160 billion a year in lost productivity, according to research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Avoid spreading sickness with this handy guide to the best desk disinfectants, immunity-boosting snacks, and other advice for staying germ-free. Be well!
Ask an Infectious Disease Specialist: Should I Call in Sick?
Michael Zimring, an infectious disease expert at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, addresses your winter bug bugaboos
Is there a good litmus test for when I should keep away from the office?
If you have a fever, chills, or sweats, it’s advisable to stay home. But it really depends on how you feel. What I usually tell people is to stay home if you’re so weak you can’t get your head off the pillow.
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