The sniffles. A telltale sign that cold and flu season is in full swing. For many of us, cold and flu season means hunkering down and avoiding contact with others as much as possible. But what do you do when you’ve got the sniffles and you have a family gathering to attend?
Here are a few things to consider when making the decision to attend a family gathering or not:
1. How severe are your symptoms? If you’re feeling really sick, it’s probably best to stay home. But if your symptoms are mild, you may be able to tough it out and still have a good time.
2. What is the event? If it’s a casual get-together, you may be able to stop by for a little while and then head home if you start feeling worse. But if it’s a more formal event, you may not want to risk getting sicker and ruining the event for others.
3. Are there others who are sick? If so, you may be more likely to catch whatever they have. On the other hand, if everyone is healthy, you may be less likely to get sick.
4. What is your risk tolerance? If you’re generally healthy and have a strong immune system, you may be more willing to take the risk of attending a family gathering despite having the sniffles. But if you’re immunocompromised or have other health concerns, it may be best to err on the side of caution and stay home.
No matter what you decide, be sure to wash your hands often and take other precautions to prevent spreading your illness to others. And if you do start to feel worse while at the event, excuse yourself and head home.
rsvp: an important etiquette step
The holidays are a time when family and friends get together. If you are sick, it is important to think about the etiquette of attending holiday gatherings. First, consider whether or not you are contagious. If you have a cold or the flu, it is probably best to stay home. If you have a cold sore, you may be able to attend if the sore is covered.
If you are not sure whether or not you are contagious, err on the side of caution and stay home. You can always apologize and explain that you were not feeling well when you RSVPed “yes” to the event.
If you decide to attend a holiday gathering even though you are not feeling well, be sure to take precautions. Wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and try not to cough or sneeze around other people. You may also want to bring your own food and drink to avoid using communal dishes.
Sickness is never fun, but it is important to be considerate of others when making the decision to attend a holiday gathering. By following these etiquette tips, you can minimize the chances of spreading your illness to others.