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To prevent widespread flu, colds or other viruses in the workplace, we recommend that you please use extra vigilance if you are experiencing any flu or cold symptoms.  To decide whether or not to come into the office, please consider the following guidelines:

Influenza season runs roughly from October through April each year. People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that it typically spreads through droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk. Those who have the flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after the illness begins. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches and fatigue. 

Consider staying at home for an extra day of rest and observation if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

  • Mild sore throat 

  • Headache

  • Mild stomach ache

  • Lethargic/Lack of typical energy

Respectfully, it is asked that you remain at home for treatment and observation if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees.  Feel free to return to the office only after your temperature has been consistently below 100.4 degrees, for a minimum of 24 hours WITHOUT medication. 

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

Often if you awake with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your condition at home.  REST IS BEST.  Taking a sick day or working from home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the workplace.  

If your supervisor approves, you may telework from home any time in which you feel that it would be an appropriate precaution for your health and you feel well enough to do so.  

There is no current project, presentation or meeting that is more important than your health and the health of your family!  

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