Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

It's Germ Warfare on the Workfront

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

It's Germ Warfare on the Workfront

Article excerpt

IT'S hard to make friends when you are a walking biohazard.

People at work avoid you and no one likes to shake your hand when you are carrying a box of tissues in the other.

Fair enough, I shouldn't be spreading my germs around anyway.

Having a cold at work is a lose-lose situation.

If you struggle on with the power of pseudoephedrine colleagues resent you for bringing the pestilence into the office.

But if you stay at home you can't help feeling guilty that other people have picked up your workload.

Last week I tried to battle through for a few days before admitting defeat and staying at home and I still felt bad.

Recently, I spoke to Dr Fiona Millard, of the Mackay Division of General Practice, about the Australian work culture of soldiering on through the winter cold.

Dr Millard said going to work while you were sick wasn't helping anyone as it decreased overall productivity as others were struck down by the cold.

If we really wanted to do everyone a favour we would keep our germs to ourselves and stay at home. …

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