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When Should You Take a Sick Day From Work?

Deciding if you should call in sick to work is always a tricky decision. First thing in the morning is usually when you feel your worst, so it can be tempting to stay in bed for the day. But it can also be hard to pick when to take one of your limited sick days. Here are a few factors to consider while making the decision to call or not call sick into work. 

Are you contagious?

If you have a fever, that means you are contagious and you should absolutely call and let your co-workers know. A fever is considered anything above the normal 98.6 degrees F, and a significant fever is considered 100.4 and higher.

What are you symptoms?

Other symptoms that you should stay home for include moist and persistent coughing, vomiting, rash, or diarrhea. These symptoms tell you that there is a high chance you have something contagious and should not be around people all day at work. 

How much will your symptoms affect your work?

It’s also important to think about how much the symptoms you have will interfere with the work you do on a daily basis. You can also think about your co-workers in this situation. If you have a cough but are alone in your own office, you might be able to get away with it. However, if you’re coughing and sit directly next to others or in an open seating arrangement, it may be better for everyone’s sake if you stay home. 

How are you feeling in general?

If you’re feeling bad enough that you won’t be productive at work, it is better to stay home and rest so you can feel back to 100% sooner rather than pushing yourself and dragging your sickness out longer. 

Feel Better with First Care

If you’re really any of the symptoms we mentioned above, come by one of our convenient First Care Clinics urgent care locations and we’ll be sure to see you fast and get you back to work in no time.