No one wants to get sick, but it happens. When we do get sick, most of the time we're paying attention on how to get better and we forget to watch out for other people.

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Everyone says stay home from work when your sick, but sometimes that's not possible. Especially if it's a cold that lasts for weeks. If you do have to make it through work, or still have to go out for groceries, a child's school play, or whatever, there are some things you can do to at least be courteous to others who aren't sick.

WASH YOUR HANDS

Your mom and dad have been telling you this forever. When your sick, it's especially important to wash your hands often. Stop those germs from spreading everywhere.

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I carry a small can of Lysol with me when I'm sick. It may sound weird, but we share small spaces at work, and computers, and the last thing I want to do is get everyone else in the building sick. Anything I touch, I spray down. It's not fool-proof. People are still going to get sick because I'm sick, but if I help a little bit I'll feel better about it. You don't have to do the same thing, but wiping down surfaces you touch or anything you can do to prevent germs from spreading is a good thing. It's just about doing the right thing for other people.

Let Others Know That You're Sick

This one may be a little hard. No one wants to start a panic, but letting those around you know that you're sick, will let them know to do their part to prevent getting sick.

 

No one wants to get sick, but it's going to happen. You don't have to warn people or try to stop your germs from spreading, but come on, it's the right thing to do. Wouldn't you want someone else to do that for you so you don't get sick?

Again, it's not fool-proof. Even if you do all these things, people can still end up getting sick from you, but trying to stop your sickness from spreading.... That's the courteous thing to do.

Oh yeah, and cover your cough! Seriously, that's so gross!