Survey: Nearly 65 percent of Americans go to work sick

November 22, 2016 02:26 PM

Many Americans show up to work even when they are under the weather, which experts say proves that some of us have a lot to learn when it comes to sick etiquette.

Germs are easily spread and they are everywhere, so it's important to practice proper etiquette when you are feeling sick.

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Surveys show close to 65 percent of Americans like to try and tough it out if they believe their illness is due to the common cold. However, experts say this could put other employees at risk for infection. They suggest staying home if you have a fever or feel contagious.

If you start feeling ill while you are at work, you should avoid physical contact and take proper precautions if you have certain symptoms.

"When you cough or sneeze, you cough into the left shoulder or your left arm, the crook of that arm and then when you blow your nose you use your left hand, blow your nose, throw away the tissue immediately and sanitize," advised Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert. 

Experts say those who can should consider working from home when illness strikes.


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