What to Do When You Have the Flu

Tis’ the season, as they say, for the flu. That’s right, influenza is making its rounds and there seems to be a lot of confusion as to how the virus spreads. I’m not being facetious, I truly believe that there are some people who remain ignorant to the facts when it comes to illnesses and I’m aggressive (not passive aggressive, outwardly aggressive) enough to make sure that information gets out there…Why?! Because it’s important to me.

Why is it important to me? Well, let me tell you…I have people in my life, and I’d be willing to bet that you’ve got people in yours, with compromised immune systems. If these people get sick, they could literally die. Because of that, I’ve become a little bit of a germaphobe.

My daughter’s involvement in extra curricular activities leave us in small, confined spaces with other human beings multiple times a week. As a result, we’re often exposed to the things that other people have going on. That can be good and bad. The good? You get to know and love the people around you. The bad? Germs spread like wildfire.

Why is that problematic? See above.

Recently, someone in the aforementioned (small, confined) space knowingly had the flu and claimed to have a 105 degree fever with hallucinations. Why on EARTH, would this person be willing to spend time in public – – around CHILDREN – – when they’re that sick?

I couldn’t even begin to answer that question for you.

What I do know is that their reaction to me mentioning my concern for them being in a public space left me to believe that they were, perhaps, ignorant to how germs spread. I’m willing to give the implausible benefit of the doubt in this situation. Coincidentally, two other people in my life were also sick last week but handled their illnesses responsibly and ethically by staying home until they were no longer contagious.

I created an easy to digest infographic illustrating what you should do when you have the flu. Petty? Perhaps. Informative? I’d like to think so.

What to do when you have the flu

Illnesses happen. People get sick. These are facts of life and I understand that. I’m not one to place blame on others when I come down with an illness but I’m also not one to let people put small children, whose immune systems are still developing, at risk. My goal with this post is to help people understand why that behavior is problematic and concerning.

If someone had the Ebola virus and willingly got on an airplane, knowing they were sick, they would be culpable for infecting the entire airplane. This is a smaller scale version of the same issue. Please consider the impacts that your choices have on others, especially when you’re sick, and just stay home. It’s not worth risking someone else’s life because you want to get out of the house. It’s just not.

I implore you, if you’re sick, please don’t go sit in a tiny space with other families. Please, please don’t do that. When you have the choice to stay in your car or simply stay at home (which you do, I promise you that), please choose to be respectful of those around you.

By not doing so, you send the message that your desire to be out in public is more important than the health and well being of the people you come into contact with.

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