LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Doctors advice people that if you are running a fever then you should stay home from work or school. This year especially, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce tells us at the peak of flu season some businesses could see 15% of their workforce home sick.
"The national guidelines are recommending that employees not come back to work until they are free of fever for at least 24-hours so that's part of the prevention side of it, but then the ripple effect is increased absenteeism," said Norma Ritz Johnson with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.
Johnson advises businesses to have a backup plan if several members of their staff are out sick.
"That is preparing for potential absenteeism due to the flu, so that businesses can continue business as usual and continue to serve their customers," said Johnson.
Johnson says preventing the spread of germs within the workplace is crucial. Employees are encouraged to wash their hands often, cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing, and stay away from others that are sick.
"We just want businesses to be able to make their way through flu season with as few dents as possible," said Johnson.
If you're sick, but you have to get work done, the Chamber recommends working from home if possible.
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