Should Your Staff Take a Sick Day?
This time of year, your staff is busy cleaning buildings to prevent residents from coming down with the flu and other contagious illnesses. But if they’re coming to work sick, they may be unwittingly contributing to the problem. No doubt your staff is made up of dedicated workers who don’t let a few sniffles stop them.
But what symptoms should keep them home? Follow these guidelines from Infection Control Today to help your employees make the best decision regarding sick days:
- Runny nose/cough: If you have a runny nose without aches or fever, you’re probably experiencing allergies or irritation rather than a viral infection and it’s fine to go to work. But if your runny nose contains thick, yellow, or green mucus, you are fighting an infection and should stay home.
- Sore throat: If your sore throat is accompanied by a headache and/or you see white patches onyour tonsils, you could have strep throat. Stay home and call your doctor, as you might need an antibiotic.
- Fever: A temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is a strong indication for infection, and perhaps the flu. Stay home and call the doctor. Many companies have policies that employees stay home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
- Sinus pressure or pain: Nasal congestion with sinus or facial pain suggests a sinus infection. As viral infections are often contagious, it’s best to stay home. If your symptoms persist longer than one week—or if you have severe facial pain, teeth/jaw pain, or fever—you may have a bacterial infection and should consult your doctor.