Waiting To See Your Doctor Can Be Contagious

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email

Schools are closing, people are calling in sick at work and lines are getting long at the doctor's office.

Some say waiting to see the doctor can also be contagious.

Health care professionals at one clinic say they've diagnosed more than 50 cases of the flu in the past 10 days.

That means there are a lot of sick people coming in and out of the waiting room.

Like many people across the bluegrass, Austin Roberts is sick, but with so many sick people coming and going at the doctor's office warding off other illnesses can be difficult.

"There's a possibility you can catch other stuff while you're at the doctor's office but you got to go to get them better," Deloris Roberts said.

Doctors say anywhere there is a crowd you are taking a risk, but a good rule of thumb to follow is to stay at least three feet away from others.

"Three feet gives you enough space to be out of a droplet contact if they cough or sneeze and do not properly cover," LPN Ehonda Feltner said.

She says to still be careful because magazines in the waiting room and touching doorknobs are key ways for germs to spread.

"If you touch something that other people frequently touch wash your hands of use a hand sanitizer as soon as possible," Feltner said.

Feltner says if you are feeling under the weather, do everyone else a favor and stay home.

"If you have a fever you're highly contagious to other people in the workplace or in the school place," Feltner said.

Feltner says if you do get sick wash your bed sheets daily if it's at all possible and change your toothbrush to prevent re-contamination.

Remember, it's still not too late to get a flu shot.


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