If youâre going to work every day, your health is at risk. Thereâs no easy way around it. Whether you ride the bus or the subway to work and happen to sit next to the person with the loud cough, or you share an office with someone at your workplace whoâs sniffling away, someone elseâs illness can easily find its way to you.
While thereâs unfortunately little you can do if you take public transit, if someone keeps coming into the office to work when theyâre sick as a dog, you can do something.
Last week, I got sick, and itâs continued into this week. I picked it up from my partner who told me thereâs been an individual at the office whoâs been coughing and sniffling for days, essentially putting all of their coworkers at risk.
Let me start by saying that if youâre sick, take a day or two off work. You will increase your chances of recovery by getting the rest you need. Furthermore, you donât risk spreading your illness to others.
If thereâs someone at your workplace whoâs putting you and your co-workers at risk, talk to them about it. Thereâs no reason you or your family should get sick because someone else refuses to take care of his or herself. Simply go up to your coworker and politely say something like, âAre you okay? It seems like youâre a little under the weather. Why donât you head home, get some rest, and me and the rest of the team will handle your responsibilities?â
Your health is your responsibility. You control what you eat and when you exercise, so why not try to control your exposure to viruses, too? You shouldnât get sick because someone else refuses to value his or her health; likewise, you need to know when to step back and take time to recuperate. Be polite and do your best to maintain a healthy work environment.
Having said that, itâs always best to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk and use it frequently, especially before eating. You can also consider bumping up the amount of immunity-boosting foods you consume, so your body is able to easily fend off a virus if you do find yourself exposed. Immunity-boosting foods include yogurt, whole oats, garlic, berries, grapefruit, and shellfish, among many others.