Sick? Here's Why You Should Stay Home
By Genevieve Cunningham
Being sick is no fun. Not only do you feel awful, but you have to miss out on a lot of things too. If you're in school, you have to miss. Work? Don't even think about it. And if anything fun is happening, you don't get to be involved. A lot of people do things anyway. As long as they feel well enough, they get up and get moving, no matter what symptoms may still be present. But should we do this? Or should we stay home as long as possible to let the illness pass? If you're feeling under the weather, take a look at these good reasons why you really should stay home and heal.
To Protect Yourself
When you're sick, your immune system is already working overtime. It's fighting whatever germs you currently have and trying to get your body stable again. If you go out and about before you're well, you run the risk of exposing your already taxed immune system to a new set of germs. Why do that to yourself? Instead, stay in and protect yourself while your body fights. You'll have plenty of time to go out when your body has healed.
To Protect Others
Besides protecting yourself, staying in when you're sick also protects other people. If you're actively sick, then you can spread your germs. You may come across a small child, an elderly person, or someone with a weakened immune system. This can be really dangerous to these groups! Stay home until you're symptom-free so that you don't risk the health of others for needless reasons.
Because It Speeds Up Healing
When you do too much too fast when you're sick, your body is unable to keep up. It might only show up as a little extra exhaustion or a low fever, but it's your body's way of telling you to slow down. If you get up and move about too quickly, you'll lengthen the recovery time. Stay home, stay in bed, and let your body heal properly and thoroughly before getting back out.
There's a reason that doctors tell us to stay home when we're sick. There's a reason for sick rules at school and at work. It's to keep everyone as well as possible! If you're sick, stay home! With some time to heal and a little rest and relaxation, you'll be back to normal life in no time at all.
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