Should I stay or should I go? Not feeling 100 percent? Dr. Dana Vlachos, a family medicine physician with Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn, outlines handy guidelines for when you should to go to work or school and when it’s best to stay home.
- Stay Home: You have a temperature of 100.4 or higher
- Go: You are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications like Tylenol or Motrin
- Stay Home: You have a fever, body aches or shortness of breath
- Go: You have a cough without any of these other symptoms and you’re able to wash your hands and cover your cough.
- Stay Home: You have vomited within the past 24 hours.
- Go: You have kept at least two solid meals down.
- Stay Home: You have had this within the past 24 hours.
- Go: You have been free from diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
- Stay Home: There is redness, itching, and/or crusty drainage from the eye.
- Go: You have been evaluated by a doctor and have been cleared to return to work/school.
- Stay Home: Itchy head with active lice.
- Go: You have been treated by an approved home or facility treatment and you have proof from a nurse that you no longer have lice.
If you have been seen by a physician in an Emergency Department or have been admitted to the hospital, do not return to work or school until your doctor has given you the all-clear.