Dr. Brown’s advice for a fever is simple: stay home. And be wary of the flu. “One of the most common symptoms of the flu is a fever, in addition to body aches and pains,” she says. If your fever is accompanied by these symptoms, you should definitely stay home; you could spread the infection to others and are more vulnerable to other infections as well.
Friedman agrees: “Employees should not feel that there is something heroic about coming to work contagious,” she says. “Most employers do not want employees who have contagious flu symptoms to come into the office.”