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Doctor heal thyself

The probability that anyone will get the flu this year is one in twenty or as high as one in five. You might wake up one morning with a sore throat and headache. You’ll notice that your muscles are aching and your nose is running. It may well be at a time when the office, ward or clinic where you work is busy. Others on your team or practice may be off sick. You may be covering for an absent colleague. What happens now?

A recent survey of more than 1,000 full-time employees shows that 38 percent of people say they still head into the office even when they feel like they might be contagious.

Apart from being contagious, if you are a healthcare professional how will you do your best work in these circumstances?

Picture by Melanie Hayes