Doctors: If you're sick, stay home! - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Doctors: If you're sick, stay home!

(NBC) - If you're one of the millions of American workers who make their way to the office even though you're sick, your coworkers have this message for you - "Go home!"

Surveys show nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults go to work when they're sick.

A majority of those workers clocked in at the office even when they had typical flu symptoms like fever, chills and extreme fatigue.

The easiest way to spread the flu is by coughing and sneezing, and you can infect someone else not just in the next cubicle, but up to 6 feet away.

More than half of surveyed employees said they'd gotten sick because of a sick co-worker.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has released a public service announcement to spread the word about not spreading diseases.

Not only might you infect others at work if you're sick, you simply aren't on your "A" game.

"You don't concentrate well, you just have no energy," said Dr. Alan Taege. "Consequently, you can't produce the way you normally would in a typical work day."

It's been a pretty typical flu season so far, but experts say cases are expected to spike across the nation again in February.

If you do get the flu, you're contagious one whole day before you have any symptoms and you remain contagious for about a week after you get sick.

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