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It's that time of year again when the flu is going around. And, unfortunately, if you work in construction, there's a good chance you're going to catch it. You may be able to stay home and rest, but if you have to go to work, there are a few things you can do to make it easier. We've put together some tips for dealing with the flu at work.

The flu is spreading like wildfire this year and it seems like almost everyone has it. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who caught the flu, here are a few tips on how to survive at work. 

First things first, Take a COVID test!

Before heading off to work, make sure to take a RAT test to be sure it’s not Covid. If your test comes up positive, you need to do the following:

  1. Report your positive RAT result to Queensland Health.
  2. Immediately isolate for 7 days
  3. Tell your household contacts to follow the steps for close contacts
  4. Manage your symptoms and health at home.  Only call Triple Zero (000) or go to an emergency department if you have severe symptoms. 
  5. Get the things you need delivered like food and medication
  6. Tell your social, work and education contacts to get tested if they have symptoms

For more information on current COVID guidelines in QLD, click here.

Provided your RAT test comes up negative, you may choose to go to work.

Should you go to work sick?

If you’re really sick with the flu, you may have to stay home and rest. If you have to come into work, try to keep your distance from other people as much as possible and be sure to wash your hands often.

Do you have the common cold or the flu?

If you’re not sure whether you have the flu or a cold, there are a few key differences to look out for. Flu symptoms tend to be more severe and include fever, body aches, and fatigue. Cold symptoms are usually milder and include a runny nose, congestion, and a sore throat. 

When should you see a doctor?

If your symptoms are severe or if you’re having trouble breathing, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Other red flags include chest pain, sudden dizziness, or vomiting. If you’re not sure whether your symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor or emergency room, give 13HEALTH a call. They’ll be able to advise you on what to do next.

How can you focus on work when you have the flu?

  • Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids and getting lots of rest. 
  • If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, see if there’s someone at work who can help pick up the slack. 
  • Try to take things one step at a time and not put too much pressure on yourself.
  • Remember, it’s okay to take a day or two off to recover from the flu!

How to recover from the flu:

  • Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest. 
  • Drink lots of fluids and take over-the-counter medication if needed. 
  • Eat healthy foods that will help boost your immune system, such as chicken soup.

How to prevent the flu:

  • Make sure you’re getting the flu vaccine each year. 
  • Practice good hygiene habits like washing your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise

The flu is a serious virus that can have severe consequences. If you’re dealing with the flu at work, it’s important to take some precautions to avoid spreading the virus. And if you’re feeling sick, the best thing to do is stay home and rest. With these tips in mind, you can help make it through the flu season without too much trouble. Stay healthy!

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