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Being sick and working

It’s that time of year and I came down with a cold. Unfortunately I do not get sick leave and I’m the only hygienist at my office. I feel obligated to work. Of course I use proper PPE and wash my hands all day long. When do you call in sick or what symptoms do you just work through? What do you tell your patients if they ask?



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I get sick pay, but if I have a cold I usually work. I just tell pt that I have a cold and that is why I have a mask on when greeting them in the reception area. Change masks between pt, but always have a mask on during any pt contact. I do think it’s somewhat unfair when my boss sends all other employees home with a little sniffle, but doesn’t say a word if I am stuffing cotton rolls in my nostrils, wearing a mask and look exhausted. I also know my position can’t be covered by just anyone, but it still sort of gets on my nerves. I have to have a fever etc. to feel like I can call in sick. Most of the time if I stayed home with the cold I’d just be bored and at least I stayed busy and did not think about how miserable I felt by laying around all day.

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I don’t get sick pay, but if I’m visibly sick my doctor does not want me there! That’s what temping agencies are for! Personally, I wouldn’t want someone working in my mouth when they are sick, mask or not. I always feel bad when I get sick but it would do the office no good if I worked, then got the rest of the staff sick, not to mention any patients who are immunocompromised.

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