I just recovered from strep throat, and today is my first day back at work. Since I've been absent half the week, a few coworkers have already asked where I've been during my absence, and I anticipate even more will ask.
Should I be completely honest with them, and mention that I've been sick from strep? Or, should I intentionally be vague, as to avoid the, "oh, you must have gotten that from Charles" kind of statements? If I do tell them, and other people start getting sick, whether it was actually caused by me or not, I may turn into the guy that got everyone sick, for the next considerable amount of time.
And just now, literally as I was typing this, I just had someone walk by me and say, "welcome back, sick boy!"... Did I do the wrong thing by telling people?
The reason why I'm perhaps giving extra thought to this is because most of the people I work with have families and are fairly high functioning people, so I feel like they would get actually get mad at me, or hold it against me, for not staying home a little longer. Also, from my own experience, people like assigning blame, rather than saying there's no exact rhyme or reason to something. And yes, the coworker who made that comment is quite immature, IMO, and I've actually posted about him before. But, it does show that people are talking about it, since I never mentioned it to him..