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Would you go to work tomorrow?

51 replies

Rosebel · 13/03/2020 09:28

My husband has had a cough since Sunday (no other symptoms and is slowly clearing). His boss told him to stay home for 7 days. This morning I started coughing too. I'm convinced it's not coronavirus, just the same as what my husband has.
Should I risk going to work tomorrow? I work in retail so I'm going to be with members of the public. Or should I just let my manager know and see what he thinks?

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LizzieSiddal · 13/03/2020 09:30

No do not go in.

Did you hear the goverment guidance yesterday? You have to self isolate for 7 days if you have a persistent cough.

whatsthecomingoverthehill · 13/03/2020 09:31

Absolutely do not go in. You are describing exactly the symptoms they have said should self isolate.

MrsPelligrinoPetrichor · 13/03/2020 09:32

You can be convinced all you like doesn't mean you're right- stay home.

Blitzen2 · 13/03/2020 09:34

So you don’t have a persistent cough or any other symptoms?

Speak to your manager and see what they advise.

Rosebel · 13/03/2020 22:01

Apparently no need to self isolate unless you coughing for 2 days and running a high temperature. So despite now coughing loads and loosing my voice (which actually isn't a symptom) still have to work tomorrow.

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HunterHearstHelmsley · 13/03/2020 22:02

Go in
It can't be a persistent cough if it started today.

HunterHearstHelmsley · 13/03/2020 22:02

Well it could be in future but it's not now.

bemoreeverything · 13/03/2020 22:06

I'm convinced it's not coronavirus, just the same as what my husband has.

Which could be Coronavirus. Hence the advice to stay at home.

bemoreeverything · 13/03/2020 22:07

Apparently no need to self isolate unless you coughing for 2 days and running a high temperature

Where do you get this from? It’s not the latest advice

domesticslattern · 13/03/2020 22:08

The advice is to self-isolate if you have EITHER a persistent cough or a high temperature. You don't need to wait for both.
"Coughing loads" is a persistent cough.
If you follow the advice at the top of this thread, you will not go in.

BIWI · 13/03/2020 22:09

NHS advice:

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

Therefore you need to self isolate seeing as how you started with a cough today

Rosebel · 13/03/2020 22:20

Work said I need to be in unless I'm coughing for two days. Obviously if I don't go in after I asked they will be majorly pissed off, which I mind if understand. I assume if I go in and they think I'm bad enough they'll let me go home.

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starrynight19 · 13/03/2020 22:22

Where has the 2 day thing come from ? Last I heard was a new continuous cough

Really12345 · 13/03/2020 22:22

Let you go home after they you have infected everyone? Use the 111 online symptom checker which will say you need to self isolate and then tell your work you have had medical advice you need to isolate. Do not go in!

LowcaAndroidow · 13/03/2020 22:26

You need to follow government/NHS advice not whatever random rules your boss has decided on.

foamrolling · 13/03/2020 22:27

Your work are NOT following official guidelines. You should stay off. Might be worth trying to find out what their official policy is as they should be doing what public health advise.

NaturalBornWoman · 13/03/2020 22:28

Work said I need to be in unless I'm coughing for two days.

That isn't the advice. It's not their decision. Take responsibility you aren't a child.

BeeFarseer · 13/03/2020 22:29

Jesusfuckingchrist, you have to stay off. Your work are wrong.

I'm in a similar situation, but my cough started a few days ago. I'm following the advice. We ALL have to, otherwise what's the fucking point?!

Griefmonster · 13/03/2020 22:29

You should not go in. This is NOT keep calm and carry on. It is keep calm and follow public health advice. Is it a large company you work for? If so, can you name and shame? If they have a company policy which directly contravenes public health advice at a time of a global pandemic then they should be pulled up on it. I think the fact that this next stage means significant disruption to day to day life has not quite got though to some people yet. Likelihood is you will recover quickly. Take care

Ofthread · 13/03/2020 22:31

See how many people on here think the advice doesn't apply to them.

bemoreeverything · 13/03/2020 22:32

Work said I need to be in unless I'm coughing for two days

It's not up to them though. Just follow the advice. We are doing precious little as a country to protect our country as it is, surely you could just follow the simple advice.

Theworldisfullofgs · 13/03/2020 22:32

Who on earth do you work for? Do they know more than the nhs?

No you should not be going to work.

Duchessofblandings · 13/03/2020 22:33

This thread perfectly demonstrates precisely why this virus will spread and kill many people.
Please, take this seriously. You may have a minor, irritating illness. My son and husband may die as a result of people like you (that isn’t supposed to sound spiteful, I can’t think of another way of putting it just now) ignoring their symptoms and going out into the community.
The medical advice is clear. Please, please heed it. It’s a week out of your life. It could be the end of my loved ones’ lives.

WhoWants2Know · 13/03/2020 22:34

If your work get pissy about you not going in, then tell them you developed a fever in the night? One way or another, you need to stay home.

EnglishGirlApproximately · 13/03/2020 22:38

DH is a retail manager and two of his time went in to work today and said they'd been in contact with someone with the virus. Despite neither showing symptoms they have both been sent home on full pay to self isolate. I work in the travel industry a d am working from home for the foreseeable future. We consider ourselves lucky that we have sensible employers who want us to be well.
I sympathise OP, you absolutely should stay at home but I know how hard it is when it isn't supported by your workplace.

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