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To take a sick day or to soldier on? It can be a tough decision, whether we’re making it for ourselves or for a child. The answer should weigh several considerations: what symptoms are present, what the conditions are like at the office or school and who else will be there. Of course, these considerations take on even greater importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a risky choice could spark an outbreak with severe consequences to the health of others. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a day should be a sick day.

When you or a loved one is feeling less than your best, it’s often unexpected. If you believe your condition or injury to be life-threatening, you should visit the nearest emergency room or call 911. If your situation is not an emergency, but you need help outside of business hours, or you can’t get an appointment with your primary care provider, you should try an urgent care clinic or an AnMed Health E-Visit. In the event that your condition or situation is mild or related to a chronic illness (so long as the issue is not critical), it may be wisest to visit your primary care physician.

Incidents of illnesses and injuries can spike during summer months, with insect stings, heatstroke, food poisoning and sunburn topping the list. Emergency departments see a 14% increase between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the CDC. Many of the conditions that send people to the hospital are preventable, making this the ideal time to review simple steps to enjoy a safe and healthy summer. We’ve collected the most common illnesses and injuries our patients face each summer, as well as important information for each: how to prevent these illnesses and injuries from occurring and what you need to do in case one does happen.

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