Too sick to work

Too sick to work? Then stay at home!

You've got a splitting headache, a runny nose and feel downright weak. Reason enough to take the day off sick?
At least once a year around half of people in Switzerland decide to go to work even though they're not well. In technical jargon this is called presenteeism. They're at work, but aren't really achieving anything useful. In many cases people go to work sick for fear of losing their job, having pending tasks pile up, or leaving their co-workers in the lurch.

If you've got the flu you should stay in bed

You're not doing anyone a favour if you turn up for work with the flu – least of all yourself. It can prolong the process of getting better, and in the worst case the flu will weaken your system so much that you end up with bronchitis or pneumonia. You also expose your colleagues to the virus. For this reason doctors advise staying off work if you have the flu.

Flu symptoms are more extreme than a cold, and include fever. You can read more here.

Going to work with a cold

Unlike flu, a cold is no reason to stay at home. Even so, make sure you don't infect your co-workers.

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • If possible keep your distance from other people.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Sneeze into a tissue, or if you don't have a tissue, into the crook of your elbow.
  • If you have a fit of coughing it's best to leave the room briefly.

You can treat a cold with home remedies. Generally it helps to wrap up warm, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, and drink a lot of water.

In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.