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Best Way to Stay Healthy? Call In Sick

Best Way to Stay Healthy? Call In Sick

Next time you get a sore throat and sniffles, here's what you need to do to avoid can't-get-out-of-bed misery later: stay home.

Research shows that people who report to work sick are much more likely to get laid out flat by an even nastier bout of illness down the road.

Sick at Work
In a study, people who came to work sick at least six times within the previous year were 50 percent more likely to need extended sick leave later on -- as much as two or more weeks off within the next 18 months. Why is punching the clock when you're sick so bad? Researchers speculate that when people don't take time to rest and recuperate, the body gets more and more run down -- to the point where it can't keep a little illness from ballooning into big trouble. (Baby your cold or flu with these home remedies.)

Healthy Solution
Okay, so sometimes you might feel like you really just don't have time to be sick. Or maybe you don't have the luxury of copious sick days. If you can swing it, stay home. But also try these tips and strategies for boosting your immunity so you don't get sick in the first place.

Medically reviewed in August 2018.

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