Odin is a rubbish nurse — the following rant was brought to you by my sixth day snorting salt water, and the kind of sinus infection I really thought I was done with.
"Colds and flu aren't serious. It's not worth taking time off for. Down some Lemsip and get on with it".
To someone prone to acute or chronic sinusitis, it's not just a cold. It can be weeks of coughing, post-nasal drip, breathlessness, a racing heartbeat, and a dull ache from your forehead right down to your jaw.
To someone with a more serious condition, like kidney failure, it's not just a cold. Over-the-counter remedies don't always mix with well with prescription medication. Combine that with an immune system that's already struggling and it can be really hard to shift the infection.
Now that might not be you or a person you see everyday, but it might be their mother or father or their friend. You might be able to power on through, but what about them?
Colds and flu remain contagious for 4 to 5 days after developing symptoms, and they cost UK businesses an estimated £6.75 billion a year (src: @bupa)
So don't be a martyr. Don't spread it around. Take some time off or work from home if you're able.