Not Feeling Well? When Should You Just Stay Home

01/19/2018

A good general rule of thumb is that if you have a fever, particularly one greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you should stay home. A fever is not only a sign that you’re sick, but also a good indication that whatever you have is a contagious condition.

We’ve all been there—you wake up, feel miserable and instantly start the internal debate of whether you should call in sick or just suck it up and go to work.

A good general rule of thumb is that if you have a fever, particularly one greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you should stay home. A fever is not only a sign that you’re sick, but also a good indication that whatever you have is a contagious condition.

Maybe you can’t afford to stay home, either because you don’t have the time off or you feel that too much work will pile up in your absence. These are important considerations, but there are times where you really should just stay home—not only for your own benefit, but for the benefit of those around you.

If you really can’t miss any work though, here are some other helpful tips that may help keep you and others protected from further illness:

  • *Ask your boss if there is any work you can do from home. This largely depends on what type of job you have, but if there is something that you can help with—even if it’s not in your regular responsibilities—you may be able to get credit for working without going in.
  • *Determine if there’s an alternative location you can work from that day. If you work in an office, maybe there is a spare office that is further removed from the rest of the group. If you work in retail, maybe there is some work that can be done in the storeroom or another isolated part of the store.

*Consider wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. It may sound a little goofy at first, but germs spread much easier than you may think. The flu can actually spread through the droplets in the air just when the sick person is talking. Face masks are easy to find at any pharmacy and can help keep germs contained.

*Keep yourself and your area as clean as possible. If you cough or sneeze, make sure you cover your nose and mouth. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward. When touching hard surfaces, especially common ones like doorknobs or telephones, use a disinfectant wipe to clean them after use.

*If you haven’t already, make time to go to the doctor. Even if you can’t get away during the workday, many doctors’ offices offer extended hours and some urgent care centers are even open 24 hours a day. The sooner you can find out what you have and begin treatment, the sooner you can get back to normal.


While the winter months are known for bringing about all types of illnesses, the flu is of particular concern in our community this year. If you find yourself having flu like symptoms our team of physicians are ready to help. Call 470.GoMD to schedule an appointment with one of our primary care doctors. 

About Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit 800-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,100 employees committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With a Regional Medical Center, dedicated Children’s Hospital, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 450-provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. In 2016, Our Lady of the Lake was one of three hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Quest for Quality Prize award.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit www.letsbuildamazing.com.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus in Baton Rouge and the future freestanding hospital, as well as in Monroe with St. Francis Pediatrics. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one the largest healthcare systems in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we serve patients statewide through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. Our five hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.

About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.

About St. Elizabeth Physicians

St. Elizabeth Physicians is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in Ascension Parish, employing over 50 primary care physicians, specialists and providers. St. Elizabeth Physicians has been recognized for quality by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and as the Large Business of the Year twice by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Hospital website.

About St. Francis Medical Center

From a modest beginning in July 1913 as a three-story red brick building with 75 patient beds, St. Francis Medical Center has grown to become Northeast Louisiana’s largest healthcare provider and one of the largest employers in Ouachita Parish. Today, St. Francis Medical Center is licensed for 367 beds, employs over 1,700 team members and partners with over 300 medical staff members. Our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need reaches out to 17 parishes in Louisiana and three counties in Arkansas, an area with a population exceeding 515,000 people. St. Francis Medical Center is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. For more information, visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.

About St. Francis Medical Group

With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.