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Moomooboo Sun 24-Mar-19 16:35:20

My child has hand foot and mouth and impetigo.

My partner and I don’t have it... yet. My partner will be at home with him anyway, but I don’t want to spread anything to colleagues...

Littlefish Sun 24-Mar-19 16:43:40

If you partner is staying at home to look after your child, then there is absolutely no need for you to stay off as well. I'm surprised you're even considering staying off work.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 24-Mar-19 16:44:57

If everyone stayed off work ‘just in case’ no one would be at work.

DamonSalvatoresDinner Sun 24-Mar-19 16:45:18

HF&M whilst being contagious is not a reason to stay off work. Kids don't need to stay off school with it unless it's affecting them badly. You only need to stay off with impetigo if you have it, not a family member.

Jamhandprints Sun 24-Mar-19 16:45:28

Of course yabu!

MeredithGrey1 Sun 24-Mar-19 16:45:34

I'm surprised you're even considering staying off work.

Agreed, if everyone stayed off work because of exposure to illness, no one would ever be in.

OliviaBenson Sun 24-Mar-19 16:46:10

YABU. You'd never go to work if you stay off for every illness kids get.

MinisterforCheekyFuckery Sun 24-Mar-19 16:47:12

So you don't have symptoms but you want to stay home in case you pass on something that you don't actually have yet? To be honest that sounds like you fancy a day off and you're trying to dress it up as concern for your colleagues. I'd be very surprised if your workplace accepted it as a valid reason for absence.

Bellaposey Sun 24-Mar-19 16:48:24

I had hand foot and mouth from my daughter and still went in. Was just very carefully with hygiene.

Reters Sun 24-Mar-19 16:49:57

It might be too late, you might have spread it already but not yourself come out in a rash etc.

I dont think work will give you 1-3 weeks off to see if you get the same thing.

Buy some hand gel & hope for the best.

ChaosMoon Sun 24-Mar-19 16:56:14

By all means work from home, but I'm with PP on not pulling a sicky.

lostelephant Sun 24-Mar-19 16:57:24

Is somebody wanting some time off, OP?

Shelbybear Sun 24-Mar-19 17:03:40

Unless you actually have it too then no you shouldn't stay off work

GetOffTheTableMabel Sun 24-Mar-19 17:13:12

It’s not just that it would be unreasonable, it would be peculiar.
“Just in case I transmit a germ that I have been exposed to but am not suffering with” is not on anyone’s list of legitimate excuses. You have probably also been exposed to numerous other illnesses while out and about; you just don’t know about those.

OvertiredandConfused Sun 24-Mar-19 17:15:10

You might find this helpful OP

gingerbiscuits Sun 24-Mar-19 17:15:31

Of course you don't need to stay off 'just in case'! I rarely catch any of those childhood illnesses & I work in a Primary School as well as having kids of my own! As long as you have childcare sorted, you need to go to work, otherwise you're definitely not being reasonable.

Meandmetoo Sun 24-Mar-19 17:18:14

What? No, don't do this op.

SillyBub Sun 24-Mar-19 17:20:14

This isn't can't be real hmm

ENormaSnob Sun 24-Mar-19 17:27:23

You're being ridiculous.

DontDribbleOnTheCarpet Sun 24-Mar-19 17:29:19

Unless I worked with someone who was immunosuppressed, I'd go to work and enjoy not being the one who has to look after the sick child!

angelikacpickles Sun 24-Mar-19 17:30:29

YABU. You need to go to work.

Ballbags Sun 24-Mar-19 17:34:04

No you shouldn't stay off work "just in case". Dread to think what your sickness record is like.

Farmerswifey12 Sun 24-Mar-19 17:35:22

YABU. Nobody can stay off work just in case.

If you want the day off at least pretend you have the symptoms

shuthefrontdoor Sun 24-Mar-19 17:40:12


shuthefrontdoor Sun 24-Mar-19 17:40:42

That was meant to say lol

Moomooboo Sun 24-Mar-19 17:50:52

Okay excellent thanks! I’ll go to work.

Last year an email was sent round for one of the managers who as a precaution was sent home because he was in this position. I liked that idea but clearly that’s unreasonable!

Mammyloveswine Sun 24-Mar-19 18:32:16


I had a day off sick last week... had a horrendous virus and my head teacher insisted I take the next day off after seeing me struggle through that day. I still felt guilty as my team was short staffed that day. The virus however has spread like wildfire through my school and we've had lots if staff off so I do think I was wrong to try and "power through" (although I wasn't the only one!)

However, " just in case" is not at all a reason to stay off especially as you have childcare sorted too! obviously if do become unwell then stay off but please don't take the piss. This is why every one struggles in when they really aren't Well, due to people staying off when they dont need to.

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