When to stay home

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By Brenda Grass, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 

Adults and kids with viral infections should stay home from school or work when they have a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees F. They should stay home until that fever is gone for 24 hours without using a fever reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. They should also consider staying home if the congestion, runny nose or cough is so constant or uncontrollable that it is hard to contain and thus the spread of the germs will be hard to stop.

People ill with a virus need to remember that REST is key to getting over the virus, and sometimes our work and school schedules and very busy lifestyles can definitely interfere with this rest and thus prolong the illness. Our immune systems have more energy to fight off the virus if we rest.

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