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Illness and Work
(Too Sick to Work)

By Susan Seliger
WebMD Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Introduction

What's a good enough reason to call in sick? If you wake up feeling sneezy, sleepy, dopey and grumpy, as if you've turned into nearly all of Snow White's dwarves overnight, you might be wondering whether you should tough it out or just stay home. Here's some advice on how to tell when your symptoms warrant staying at home - or when you have to roll out of bed and get to work.

#1 Good reason to call in sick: You're a danger to others

"You have to ask yourself the key question: Are you a danger to yourself or to others?" says Michael Bagner, MD, attending physician at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital and Medical Director of Roosevelt Hospital Doctors Offices in New York.

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