Should I stay home if I have a cold and, if so, for how long?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if you should stay home if you have a cold and for how long.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Should I stay at home if I have a cold and if so, for how long?

    Ronald Turner: Well, I think that is a behavioral question, not a medical question. I think it depends a little bit on what your work environment is like and what your duties are. I think if you are in a work environment that requires you to have contact with a lot of people and you have a cold, you have to recognize that you are potentially going to spread that to your coworkers. On the other hand, if your work involves sitting in an office, typing at a keyboard there is probably no much reason to stay home, unless you just feel like you can not do your work.