Coronavirus concerns: When to call in sick and precautions to take when visiting a hospital

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Coronavirus concerns are growing in the Tampa Bay area after another “presumptive positive” case was confirmed Tuesday. The case is the third in the Tampa Bay area and the state. At least 184 others are being monitored.

Now many are left facing tough questions and 8 On Your Side is getting answers to two of the major ones: “When do I call in sick to school or the office?” and “What precautions do I need to take if I’m going to visit a friend or family member at the hospital?”.

First, we asked about when people should plan to stay home from school or work. “It’s a very tough call, it probably depends on your individual job,” said Chief Medical Officer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Joseph Perno. “We’re asking people, and this is true every flu season, if you’re sick you shouldn’t be at work. If you have a fever absolutely, positively you shouldn’t be there. Just a little runny nose, probably okay. Runny nose, cough and getting more symptoms, that’s when you need to consider being at home.”

He said it’s a tough season with allergies. “Especially right now in Florida, we’ve entered allergy season,” said Perno. “Every car is yellow. Usually, with allergies you get watery eyes, runny nose. The history of ‘I suffer every may’. That’s way different than having a fever… absolutely should be a non-starter about going to work.” Doctors say you should not return to work or school until at least 24 hours after your fever subsides.

Doctors say as of now you should not be more concerned about catching Coronavirus in a hospital than anywhere else in the community. “You really should think twice, if you’re sick at all we don’t want you in the hospital. If you’re not sick and have an immune system problem you should not visit. But if you’re otherwise healthy it’s fine to visit.”

Click this highlighted link to read more now about how to tell if you have the coronavirus and what you should do if you’re worried.


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