3 Reasons to Stay Home Sick

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Did you know that going to work with a cold or the flu could prolong your illness or make it worse? Learn why staying home with an illness may be the best medicine. 

When you wake up feeling under the weather, do you still try to power through the workday, or do you give your body the rest it needs? Here’s three reasons why staying home sick is the best course of action — for you and your co-workers. 

1. Your illness could get worse.

If you choose to clock-in with a cold, chances are your illness will last longer or maybe worsen. Here’s why: Colds and flu require lots of rest for recovery. Over-the-counter medications may ease your symptoms enough to get through the workday, but they won’t make your cold go away any faster. Plus, workday stress can compromise your already-vulnerable immune system even further.


2. You are more prone to accidents.

You may think getting “some” work done at the office is better than none, but going to the office when you’re feeling under the weather makes workers more prone to mistakes, or worse, accidents. Over-the-counter medications may add grogginess to your laundry list of existing symptoms, making it difficult to concentrate or even focus on the road during your commute. Keep yourself and others safe by staying in bed and out of the car.

3. You are contagious.

In order to protect each other and encourage better health in the workplace, do not come to work if you are sick. It will help keep the flu and other illnesses out of the office environment and will help everyone stay productive. Also, one of your colleagues or someone they care for may be at high risk for developing flu-related complications, including children under 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant and postpartum women, or residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

What You Can Do

In addition to staying home when you’re sick, here are the best ways that employees can protect themselves and their colleagues during the cold and flu season:

  • Get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already: The annual vaccine is truly the best form of protection to help prevent the spread of the flu. Even if you do get the flu after being vaccinated, your symptoms will be lessened. Renown offers flu shots through our providers.
  • Practice good office prevention efforts: They aren’t substitutes for the flu shot, but simple actions can do a lot to slow the spread of the virus. These include washing your hands often, cleaning shared spaces and avoiding shared utensils and drinks. 


  1. refusing to take one day off can lead to even more absences. Additionally, studies show that proper rest can actually shorten the duration of your illness.