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Nearly 80% of Americans say that they do not consider a bad cough to be a sufficient reason to report sick from work - although most people assume that others are sick when they cough, a new poll was found

40% of Americans would rather cover a sick employee than take a day off when they are under the weather

  • A OnePoll survey found that four in ten Americans are more willing to do extra work for sick colleagues than taking a day off themselves
  • Adults get an average of two to three colds a year
  • But 69% said they were going to work despite a bad cough
  • Doctors warn that it can make you sick and spread the virus to your colleagues
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Four out of 10 Americans would rather take on additional work than tackle a sick employee, according to new research.

A new survey among 2,000 Americans – in which the vast majority (1,930) were employed – showed that 41 percent would rather cover a colleague than run the risk of becoming ill.

But when they feel the weather, employees are not willing to stay at home: when it comes to a bad cough, 69 percent think it is not a valid reason to stay home from work.

And one in three fears that their boss does not consider it a valid reason to stay home from work either – but 52 percent assume that someone is sick when they cough.

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Conducted by OnePoll in collaboration with Robitussin, the study found that 78 percent of employees in the survey say they feel pressured to get through the working day when they feel the weather and ignore common advice to take the time to rest and charge.

Nearly 80% of Americans say that they do not consider a bad cough to be a sufficient reason to report sick from work - although most people assume that others are sick when they cough, a new poll was found

Nearly 80% of Americans say that they do not consider a bad cough to be a sufficient reason to report sick from work – although most people assume that others are sick when they cough, a new poll was found

The advice of American health officials is not throat-free: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges Americans to stay at home, you are sick.

But many Americans ignore the experts' recommendations.

Part of it is due to stress, as the study found that 42 percent of the employees surveyed derive stress from an attempt to become ill.

Workplace illness is almost inevitable during the cough and cold season, which is a cause for concern for colleagues.

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More than worried, choosing to forward may even harm your position with your colleagues because more than three-quarters (82 percent) said they would be irritated if someone came to the office with a cough.

When asked if a colleague is visibly ill and coughs next to them, almost half (48 percent) of the respondents would tell their sick colleague to go home.

TOP 5 THINGS AMERICANS WILL GIVE A YEAR WITHOUT COLD OR COLD

Holiday time 37%

Social media 36%

Favorite food 33%

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Sleeping out at 31% on weekends

Favorite TV show 31%

TOP 5 STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

Turning up to work sick 46%

Sending children to school knowing they are sick 44%

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Cancel plans with friends or family due to illness 44%

Feeling a cough just before an important presentation 42%

Call unemployed 42%

And they are also self-preserving, 44 percent say that they immediately leave someone who coughs for fear that it will also infect them.

If respondents are the ones with a cough, it can be pretty embarrassing, according to the survey.

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More than half (52 percent) said coughing in a quiet place – whether it's a library or a cinema – a humiliating experience.

According to psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell demands being ill with emotional consequences for patients, both in terms of work and personal responsibilities.

Coughing can cause sleepless nights, making it more difficult to work during a working day, while days spent outside the commission can leave Americans with things like housework, bills, and other expenses.

That said, it's no surprise that Americans want to avoid the cold as well as possible.

They would even make an incredible effort to ensure that they would only have one year without illness.

More than a third (37 percent) of those surveyed would even give up their vacation time for a year to be cough or cold free.

Another 36 percent would say goodbye to social media if it meant that they could go without a cough or cold for 12 months, while 33 percent would be willing to give up their favorite food to prevent a whole year's cough or cold.

Sleeping on the weekend and watching favorite TV shows also made the list of offerings if it meant a whole year without illness.

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