How To Tell People With A Cold To Go Away Without Being Rude

At some point or another you’re going to have to share a space with a co-worker who is sick, but how do you tell them to get out of your space without being rude? Etiquette expert William Hanson tells says, “What you have to remember is that it is bad manners for someone to go somewhere when they are ill and can spread germs. So I would not worry too much about pussyfooting around and offending them.” He says one method is to tell the person you yourself don’t feel well and you don’t want to spread germs, so could they move away? — they’ll get the message that way. On the other hand, if the person is a good friend you should just tell them how you feel, and the same goes for telling them that if they are ill they should not come to a party or event you’re hosting. However if you do have a party or event and you think someone there will be sick, he advises giving individual helpings of food to each person, so as germs are not shared by food people would otherwise serve themselves.  Just keep in mind that the average person with the flu can spread their germs six feet with just one sneeze– so keep your distance.