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DD with sore throat - should she go to work?

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DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 09:34

It's all unknown isn it, so please be kind.

DD is due to start a shift at a large shop (not food) but a very, very busy place. She has woken up with a slight sore throat. Now i don't believe its coronavirus - no temp, cough - but i am questioning whether she should go as it could be contagious and we would hate for her to pass it on in these circumstances. She doesn't want to let work down.

No guidance online...

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unhappyclap · 22/03/2020 09:36

It's not one of the main symptoms but i think there are other symptoms possible as well.

My mum has a cold and is starting to lose her voice, I have told her to self-isolate as she works with the public. Even if it isnt coronavirus, it's still passing on some kind of illness.

PurpleDaisies · 22/03/2020 09:37

If she doesn’t have a cough or fever, she’s ok to work.

Dongdingdong · 22/03/2020 09:37


AntiHop · 22/03/2020 09:37

I wouldn't miss work for a sore throat.

DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 09:40

Thanks all. She doesn't want to miss work - it was so busy yesterday and they are very short staffed - she is just scared to pass a sore throat on to someone vulnerable....

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Bringringbring12 · 22/03/2020 09:44

Go to work

Gov advice
Stay at home if you have either:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

As long as your daughter doesn’t have the above, then I’d go

Lifesavesocialdistance · 22/03/2020 09:50

No! It lives in the throat! Dr Peter piot the expert said it can be spread from talking to people.

It's one of the symptoms.

Gatehouse77 · 22/03/2020 09:56

No guidance online...

If you look at ANY news site there is guidance.
If you go to the government website there is guidance.
If you go to the NHS website there is guidance.

DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 09:58

Varied answers!... we are all just trying to do our best with the info we have to hand. The shop she is in is non essential but people are flooding through the door. No social distancing in there at all. Busier than Christmas.

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PurpleDaisies · 22/03/2020 09:59

Look-the information is here. It’s crystal clear.

DD with sore throat - should she go to work?
DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 09:59

thanks for the help @Gatehouse77 much appreciated

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DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 10:02

@PurpleDaisies yes we saw that. The issue is she works for a major retailer where she is in close contact with a lot of people. She was worried about passing a sore throat on to some who is vulnerable.

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PurpleDaisies · 22/03/2020 10:03

Would she normally be concerned about that?

A sore throat is no different today than it was three weeks ago.

Bringringbring12 · 22/03/2020 10:07

She was worried about passing a sore throat on to some who is vulnerable.

Ok that’s a bit pathetic

DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 10:09

@PurpleDaisies no three weeks ago she wouldn't have been concerned but 3 weeks ago she would have visited her grandparents whilst she had a sore throat. We are not a medical professionals but i guess the concern was along the lines of... if you have an ailment - sore throat etc- does that make you more susceptible to the coronavirus. Not a concern for her. Again, its others she was thinking about.

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PurpleDaisies · 22/03/2020 10:09

Look op, it’s obvious. She’s looking for an excuse not to go to work.

That’s understandable but a sore throat isn’t one. She needs to come up with something else.

GinJeanie · 22/03/2020 10:10

It's a symptom... one of the first we had. The Government information is woefully adequate. Don't go...

DD with sore throat - should she go to work?
DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 10:10

@Bringringbring12 wow i would rather she is pathetic and caring of others than a keyboard troll

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GinJeanie · 22/03/2020 10:10
  • woefully INadequate! Hmm
OneOfTheGrundys · 22/03/2020 10:11

I’d stay at home. It’s a sore throat and probably not covid but a general reduction in the weight of other illnesses among the population will help.
I don’t think she’s being pathetic at all just trying to be responsible.

DatingDickheads · 22/03/2020 10:11

@PurpleDaisies nope she not that type of person at all. She has never had a day off sick. She is away on the train to work now.

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GinJeanie · 22/03/2020 10:12

We can't blame people for malingering in this climate. I'm sure OP isn't but it's dangerous to cast doubt on people when they're trying to take responsibility and do the right thing!

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Fluffycloudland77 · 22/03/2020 10:25

I wouldn’t have gone in.

DangerMouse17 · 22/03/2020 10:34

I wouldn't go in as we are now social distancing and being asked to stay in as much as poss. If she has a sore throat that is still one of the potential symptoms, so would be sensible to take precautions and remain at home. It's just common sense in my view...why risk it.

Duchessofblandings · 22/03/2020 10:35

Clare Gerada (spelling?) was on BBC News last week, having recovered. She had a terrible sore throat.

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