The Flu: When Is It Safe To Go Back To Work?
posted by Orem Family Medicine | June 28, 2018
For those with the flu, staying home from work is important for multiple reasons. Not only do you need some time to hydrate, medicate and otherwise heal yourself, you keep others safe from the spread of this infectious condition.
When is it safe to return to work after dealing with the flu? Let’s go over everything you need to keep in mind.
The flu spreads through the respiratory system, mainly through someone who is infected coughing or sneezing within three feet of someone who isn’t. It can also be spread through touching objects or surfaces.
Some basic criteria that generally must be met before returning to work in most workplaces include the following, each of which must be present:
Here are some other general questions you can ask that will give good indicators of your health status – these can be beneficial for you returning to work, but also for sending kids in the home back to school and similar areas. These include:
If you deem you’re healthy enough to return to work or send kids back to school, make sure healthy practices like hand-washing and cough etiquette are still being observed.
Each year’s version of the influenza virus is different – health experts are never exactly sure how vital information like incubation and contagious periods, transmission and others will compare to previous seasons. For this reason, be diligent about public health recommendations during influenza season or a pandemic – this applies to both employees and employers alike.
Your doctor can offer further recommendations on returning to work following dealing with influenza.
“When Is It Safe to Go Back to Work After the Flu?” WebMD. https://blogs.webmd.com/doctors/2018/02/when-is-it-safe-to-go-back-to-work-after-the-flu.html
“Returning to work after influenza illnesses.” King County Public Health. https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/emergency-preparedness/preparing-yourself/pandemic-flu/businesses/returning-to-work.aspx
“Flu.” MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/flu.html
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.