Study: More than half of people go to work sick

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re seeing more signs of the winter season on the way, and with that we know we can expect the flu.

No matter how well we take care of ourselves, illness inevitably creeps in from time to time and chances are up as we head further into winter. New research from Staples Advantage suggests more than half of people still go to work when they’re sick.

Kimberly Kober of Westfield told 22News, “There’s a lot of people looking for jobs. You feel like should I stay home, should I go? I don’t want to lose my job. You want to be there to help them out because you know they need it.”

Dr. Christian McCarter at the MedExpress on Cooley Street told 22News he respects a good work ethic, but there are certain symptoms you just have to stay home with.

“If you have a fever over 100.3, gastrointestinal distress: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea. Sometimes that can be spread respiratory wise,” said Dr. McCarter.

One Chicopee mother said it’s bad enough to share germs with coworkers; you also have to think about who they could bring those germs home to: an elderly parent or a new baby.

“Germs are shared very easily. You don’t realize that extra cough or sneeze you didn’t cover quickly enough is shared more than you’d want it to be,” said Laura Gilbert of Chicopee.

Flu viruses can live up to three days on a surface. Remember to wash your hands and sanitize shared surfaces such as phones, keyboards, tablets, and door handles.

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