Health Check: I feel a bit sick, should I stay home or go to work?

The following general article was published in The Conversation.

Health Check: I feel a bit sick, should I stay home or go to work?

Michael Tam, UNSW Australia

You wake up on a work day and feel under the weather. If you’re vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home is probably clear cut. But what if you generally feel unwell but are torn about missing work? Continue reading

What is stomach flu?

The following article was published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what is stomach flu?

By Michael Tam

Nausea, vomiting, tummy pain and cramps, watery diarrhoea … We’ve all had acute gastroenteritis at some stage.

As a general practitioner, my patients usually refer to their condition in more colloquial terms – “gastro”, “the runs”, “the trots”, “stomach flu”, as well as other colourful names that are too indecent to publish.

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