Do you stay home when you have a coldsore?
October 3, 2008 2:03 PM Subscribe
Two-pronged question: (1.)
How do you get out of work if you wake up with a massive coldsore?; & (2.)
Do most people just go
to work with a coldsore?
posted by nomnomnom to work & money (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have only ever seen one other person at work with a coldsore. It didn't look particularly nasty and this person did not have to deal with customers or the public. I couldn't imagine going to work when I have one. They stick around for up to ten days and are painful and humiliating. I work with people/customers so it would suck. I've only ever had one while at school/university so it was no biggie to stay home. What's the norm with the workplace?
Is it expected that you show up? Is it cool to stay home? Can you call your boss and say you're rundown and have a coldsore, or is another excuse expected?
My new p/t job provides sick pay, but you have to provide a medical certificate. Is there any non-dodgy way to say, "I'm sick, but I don't want/need to get paid so I'm not bringing in a med cert?"
I have no other what other people do in this situation because I've never asked!