8 Sick Day Etiquettes
09/ 06/ 2016
Most people fall sick at least a few times a year, catching colds, coughs or other viral infections. These illnesses are usually not serious but they can be extremely unpleasant, so the last thing you want to do is pass them on to your family members or co-workers. Typically when one person falls sick at home, other people in the family also catch their illness. Offices are worse, because the enclosed spaces and central can cause several people to fall sick at the same time.
To avoid passing your illness on to others, make it a point to implement these simple measures when you are unwell. You can also follow these measures to ensure that you don’t catch these same illnesses from your family members or co-workers.
1.Stay home when you’re sick
Unless you absolutely cannot avoid it, try to stay home whenever you fall sick. Not only will you be able to rest and recover faster, you will be sparing everyone in the office from catching your germs. If you absolutely must work, try to arrange it so that you can communicate with your office electronically and work from home.
- 2. Get medical help
Make sure you visit the doctor when you fall sick, and start taking medication immediately. This will not only help you recover faster, it will also help the people around you by making you less of a risk to them.
3. Keep your distance
Try to keep your distance from your co-workers and family members, since you can pass on germs from up to six feet away. At home you may be tempted to snuggle with your family members since you’re sick, but for their sake try not to come too close to them. If you have kids, put your spouse or other members of your family in charge of them for a day or two, if possible. Since you’ll be at home, you can still supervise their care if necessary.
4. Wash your hands often
This is a precaution that not only helps to prevent you from passing on illnesses, it also helps to prevent you from catching them. Whether you are at home or at work, make sure you wash your hands often, and with soap, to avoid spreading germs.
- 5. Cover your mouth when you sneeze
A single sneeze can spray up to 3,000 infectious droplets in the air at over 100 miles/hour. These droplets can then infect others, causing them to catch your cold or flu as well. Instead, make it a point to cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, and if you don’t have one handy then sneeze into your elbow or your shoulder.
- 6. Hold your tissues in the correct hand
If you are in the office, always hold your handkerchief or your tissues in your left hand, since you might need to perform handshakes with your right hand. If you know that you are not required to shake hands with anybody, then hold your tissues in your left hand if you are a righty or in your right hand if you are a lefty. This is because you will touch a lot of objects and surfaces with your dominant hand, so it’s better to keep your tissues in the other hand to avoid transferring germs to all these surfaces. Also make it a point to change your tissues often and discard them properly in the bin, since germs can live in them for up to 24 hours after you’ve used them.
- 7. Disinfect commonly used surfaces
You may not have any control over the cleaning schedules and procedures in the office, but try to wipe down the surfaces and objects in your home that you have been using when you’ve been unwell. This will help to prevent your family members from catching the same illness as you.
- 8. Don’t share food or utensils
You may be tempted to take a bite out of someone else’s food or a sip from someone else’s mug, but avoid doing this while you are sick. Similarly, don’t let other people share your food or your utensils and make sure that all your utensils at home get washed thoroughly with soap and warm water.