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Why coughs, sneezes and upset stomachs should stay at home

Not everyone will agree with me, I know! I’m going to say it anyway …

If you are unwell with an infectious illness, then please do stay at home! You could be putting people like my son at risk from the serious complications a cold, flu or upset stomach could bring.

Chemotherapy patients often have little or no immunity. As well as making their condition even more uncomfortable, you are actually putting their lives at risk due to infections they may not be able to recover from.

If you must go to work or whatever, then please make sure you wash your hands frequently to minimise the risk of passing your germs on to others.

Cover your mouth and nose with a paper tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of dirty tissues properly.

It’s not just patients who are at risk, but those who look after them too.

If a doctor, nurse or carer catches your germs they will have to stay away from the vulnerable people they are supposed to be caring for.

I know that employers and schools don’t make it easy to keep germs at home. Many people face being penalised for not attending work or school. It’s up to all of us to take a stand, and for those in authority to reconsider the rules, for the sake of those who need to be protected.

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