How sick is too sick to stay home from school or work? University of Nebraska Medical Center Dr. Bruce Beuhler is a professor of Clinical Genetics and says he has been seeing a lot of people with a nagging, long lasting cough.
Dr. Beuhler says the best indicator to stay home is fever, body aches and pains or if someone has a productive cough. He says twelve hours after the fever breaks or when the cough is no longer productive it is usually safe to return to work or school. He says those who insist on going to work ill should seriously consider wearing a mask and gloves to prevent spreading it to others. Dr. Beuhler also recommends that workplaces have an isolation area for employees who insist on coming in while contagious.