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Posts tagged: Flu season

Feel sick? Stay home!

In the workplace we often find martyrs: “I feel so crappy, but – sneeze, sneeze, cough, cough – I have so much to do, I just came in anyway…”  With the flu season almost epidemic in our country, many hospital emergency departments exceed their capacity and are placing patients on gurneys in the waiting areas or outside in tents.

Hospital employees learn early in their employment that keeping one’s hands clean can reduce the risk of illness. And we get our flu shot, stay at least six feet away from sneezers and coughers, use an embarrassing amount of hand sanitizer (at home, too).

Learn the difference between the flu and a cold, but if you are uncertain about your health diagnosis: stay home. So far, no prizes for workplace martyrs have been awarded.

(S-R archives photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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