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  • aero
  • Adventurer

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    • July 08, 2014, 05:07:07 am
    • USA
Working While Sick
« on: November 20, 2017, 11:12:35 am »
So I work at a hagwon with elementary and middle school students but I was recently diagnosed with the stomach flu (which may or may not be contagious). I'm healthy enough to work but I don't want to spread the infection to any of my students or coworkers. Any suggestions on how to keep yourself and others safe from sickness while at work?


  • travelinpantsgirl
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    • September 09, 2010, 06:00:18 pm
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Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 11:26:12 am »
So I work at a hagwon with elementary and middle school students but I was recently diagnosed with the stomach flu (which may or may not be contagious). I'm healthy enough to work but I don't want to spread the infection to any of my students or coworkers. Any suggestions on how to keep yourself and others safe from sickness while at work?
If you think they'd get sick through airborne germs, get a good mask from the pharmacy.
Ignoranţa este adesea o boală fatal şi cretin nu poate fi vindecata.


  • oglop
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1841

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2017, 11:38:32 am »
take a couple of days off work until you feel better. ah, wait, this is korea


  • aero
  • Adventurer

    • 46

    • July 08, 2014, 05:07:07 am
    • USA
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 12:52:40 pm »
take a couple of days off work until you feel better. ah, wait, this is korea

If only it were that easy. I already used up one of my two sick days because of a kidney infection so I'm not happy right now.


Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 12:08:54 am »
Yes, a mask would help and you wouldn't look weird. You'd fit in.
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  • fishead
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1139

    • April 23, 2010, 07:58:05 am
    • Yangju Korea
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 07:12:52 am »
 The key to getting time off in Korea. Crutches, employers don't like it when the monkey tries to accend the stairs on crutches.


  • JNM
  • The Legend

    • 3808

    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 07:15:06 am »
So I work at a hagwon with elementary and middle school students but I was recently diagnosed with the stomach flu (which may or may not be contagious). I'm healthy enough to work but I don't want to spread the infection to any of my students or coworkers. Any suggestions on how to keep yourself and others safe from sickness while at work?

There is a norovirus going around.  It is highly contagious.

https://nypost.com/2018/02/07/south-korea-struggling-to-contain-norovirus-outbreak-at-olympics/



  • m.corless
  • Veteran

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    • August 30, 2011, 02:55:14 pm
    • Toronto, ON, Canada
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 10:34:08 pm »
The key to getting time off in Korea. Crutches, employers don't like it when the monkey tries to accend the stairs on crutches.

Truth.

Although once I torn ligaments in my ankle and the hospital said stay off it for 2 weeks. My principal asked if I could still walk to school (about 10 minutes) and go to my second floor classroom then just sit all day to rest there...  :rolleyes:


  • SanderB
  • Super Waygook

    • 310

    • June 02, 2018, 06:25:54 pm
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2019, 04:51:06 pm »
Haha, I remember something similar, ahaha ,  good ol' Korea..
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  • raysmith
  • Super Waygook

    • 342

    • August 16, 2012, 07:01:58 am
    • Korea
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 06:45:15 pm »
Working whilst sick in South Korea.  I had to post this old classic.



  • Nokcha
  • Super Waygook

    • 293

    • August 22, 2012, 02:37:27 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2019, 07:26:06 am »
To address your question, wear a mask and wash your hands. Nearly all the women in my family are nurses and the number one thing they always say is to wash, wash, wash your hands

Hope you're feeling better soon.

:)


  • raysmith
  • Super Waygook

    • 342

    • August 16, 2012, 07:01:58 am
    • Korea
Re: Working While Sick
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2019, 08:55:03 am »
The key to getting time off in Korea. Crutches, employers don't like it when the monkey tries to accend the stairs on crutches.

Truth.

Although once I torn ligaments in my ankle and the hospital said stay off it for 2 weeks. My principal asked if I could still walk to school (about 10 minutes) and go to my second floor classroom then just sit all day to rest there...  :rolleyes:

The attitudes amongst Koreans to this sort of thing is astonishing.   

I had several friends who used to be University Masters and Ph.D students.  They were expected to go the 'lab' seven days a week and generally stay there until 11 pm.  The students claimed they could get the required work done within regular working hours and that the extra work hours were pointless.

It was all about keeping up appearances.

Another friend told me about an elderly female teacher who had fallen ill.  Two fellow school staff members had to assist her to get to the classroom and sit her down in a chair at the front of the class.   The teacher should have been at home in bed.