With flu season in full swing, when your alarm goes off in the morning and you’re feeling groggy, a common question comes to mind: to work from home, or ignore the symptoms and haul yourself to the office instead?

Sometimes, taking it a step further and calling in sick entirely can leave you feeling riddled with guilt — especially if you’ve already been sick for a few days or don’t have a very lenient sick policy at work.

Here’s why you should pay attention to how you’re feeling and stay home when you don’t feel well.

More than half of people work when they don’t feel well

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health teamed up on a joint 2016 study among 1,601 adults employed in the U.S., which shed light on how many people work through their sickness instead of calling it a day.

“Adults in low-paying jobs are more likely to say they go to work when sick. Almost two-thirds of working adults (65%) say they still go to work always or most of the time when they have the flu, compared to 55% of those in average-paying jobs and 48% of those in high-paying jobs,” the research says.

The same survey also zeroed in on why some employees fail to use up all their paid sick days, with 73% reporting that they weren’t ill enough to exhaust all their days, 37% wanted to use them at a future date and 20% said they had too much work to do.

Flu season is predicted to be longer this year

But people might want to take extra precautions in 2018. According to pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, “we typically see flu activity start in October and taper off in February,” but Read More Here