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What You Should Do About Work If You Come Down With Coronavirus

Seven professionals who contracted Covid-19 share their experiences—and regrets.

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How should you handle work if you feel the effects of the coronavirus? We talked to seven people who got ill for advice on how to manage professional obligations after a Covid-19 diagnosis. Here’s what they suggest you do—and not do.

Use your sick days. “I wish I’d just taken sick days and done nothing but watch M*A*S*H,” says E.J. Kritz, the director for training for Ath Power Consulting in North Andover, Mass. “I attempted to never miss a meeting. My experience was that of a bad flu, and it was a week of in-and-out of bed for the most essential meetings. If I did it over again, I’d lay low and recover faster.”