Go to work or call in sick?
Sore throat, runny nose, high fever — which of these indicate you’re sick enough to stay home?
Statistics Canada reports that from 2008 to 2009, Canadians took a national average of seven sick days, with Quebec having the highest average (nine days) and Alberta the lowest (six days). Ontarians average six to seven sick days per year.
These guidelines should help you feel a little less guilty about staying home. (And if all else fails, don’t forget to try our daily Fire Cider Brew remedy.)
But if you’re feeling really sick, be sure to make an appointment to see your doctor.
When to call in sick: Runny nose
“A runny nose could be a symptom of many things, including allergies,” says Dr. Vivien Brown, a Toronto-based family physician and vice-president of medical affairs at Medisys Health Group. A runny nose could also be the beginning of a cold. Should you stay home or go to work? (Find out which 6 cities in Canada are troublesome for allergy sufferers.)
Dr. Brown says it depends on how you feel.
Sari Friedman, a Toronto-based human resources consultant and career coach, says, “If someone is not feeling well enough to be productive at work then HR or the manager may suggest that the person go home.”
When to call in sick: Coughing or sore throat
A sore throat or coughing could mean you have a cold-particularly when paired with a runny nose. The good news is that if you aren’t experiencing a fever, aches or pains, it’s likely not the flu.
However, Dr. Brown recommends staying home and getting some rest so you don’t spread the infection to your colleagues.
“You can choose to take an analgesic like acetaminophen and give yourself 48 hours to feel better,” she says. It’s a good idea to drink lots of fluids and wash your hands frequently so you don’t spread the infection. She also recommends some comfort food: “That advice your mother gave you about having chicken soup for a sore throat actually has some medical research behind it and you will get better faster!” But if chicken soup is not your thing, here are 3 more sore throat remedies that may already be in your pantry.