It’s not just apathy, it’s “disease behavior.”


It’s not just apathy, it’s “disease behavior.”

It’s just a cold. But even though I knew I wasn’t scary, I felt this overwhelming need to skip work, ignore my family and retire to the end of the couch.

As it turns out, I’m not a coward. These feelings are a real thing, called “disease behavior,” caused by the body’s response to infection. Telling the immune system to rush in and resist the same chemicals that are invading the virus tells us to slow down; Skipping meals and sex; Avoid social interaction; And have a rest.

“The information is so powerful that it cannot be ignored,” said Philip Chen, a rhinologist at the university of Texas health sciences center in SAN Antonio. But that doesn’t mean we don’t try. Chen points out that symptoms such as nasal congestion are obvious, but we don’t know much about changes in mood and behavior as part of our body’s natural response to infection.

That’s probably what we should be paying attention to. There is a lot of evidence that colds can damage mood, alertness and working memory, and brain performance declines with symptoms.

But for most people, a cold is not a week off. This means that many people get sick even if they may put others at risk.

A 2015 survey of food workers found that half “always” or “often” went to work when they were sick. To the children’s hospital of Philadelphia, according to a survey carried out by doctors and other health care providers despite the fact that 95% of people think that work in uncomfortable situation make patients at risk, but 83% of people are still doing so. Colds are the most common cause of illness.

The vast majority of health-care providers say they worry about letting colleagues or patients down if they stay home. Other reasons include fear of being ostracised by peers, or because other people are not working well. “A doctor wrote:” in order to meet the demand of health care system of a high pressure/high/productivity, we all feel the pressure to deny their own needs (often give up meals, the bathroom, is to take care of their own disease).

Although many outbreaks of health care facilities are caused by infected staff.

More than half of the people in the children’s hospital survey, published in JAMA pediatrics in 2015, said they did not know how to get sick and go to work. I share this confusion. Am I ruining my colleagues with appalling wheezing, or am I in good health? Schools and day care centers also on the issue of the map, although the pediatrician noted that most bacteria in people before they have symptoms started spreading, key question is whether a child feel enough participation and learning.

Animals also exhibit disease behavior; A pet that stops eating and becomes drowsy is almost certainly a sick pet. Scientists believe this is not just an annoying side effect of the disease, but a well-developed survival strategy: hiding, avoiding predators, and killing the infection directly. But when demand is more pressing, it is a strategy that animals give up. A study found that the mothers of sick mice ignored their pups until the temperature dropped to a threat, and they returned to their mother’s pattern.

“It’s evolutionary,” says Eric Shattuck, a lecturer in evolutionary medicine and anthropology at the university of Texas at SAN Antonio. “Sick is a temporary state, if you have the ability to lose to take care of your baby or lose the chance of mating opportunities, so you can be in without too much loss, tips for disease behavior.

He has been trying to figure out how people interpret disease behavior and how we choose to act. The answer seems to be: not very well. When he asked the students how they responded to the feeling of discomfort, “some people are super-melancholic, they feel a little bit of the weather, they are tied up. In general, he says, people try to ignore clues about disease behavior unless they are too ill to get out of bed. “I suspect it’s a cultural pressure to do well, especially for what we think of as mild illness.”

Even though our bodies are saying, “hey, listen, it’s good to have a rest.”


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