You’re sick, but are you too sick to go to work? Even though it may seem pretty obvious to you—roughly 26-percent of Americans would bundle up with a box of tissues in tow and head into the office like it’s any other day, according to an independent poll conducted by from NSF International, a consumer public health and safety group.
Here are six reasons why you should probably take that sick day…
1. Medications That Cause Drowsiness
If you read the flap on the back of your over-the-counter cold and flu medication chances are it might read, “this medication may cause drowsiness.” If it does, getting to and from work can suddenly become quite dangerous to you and others on the road.
Not only is operating a vehicle quite dangerous when you’re taking heavy medication and battling an illness, other side effects from over the counter or prescription medication can actually damper your aptitude to work. If the medication you’re taking makes you drowsy, sleepy, forgetful, or less focused—do everyone a favor and just stay home.