If you are one of those sick people who insists on leaving the house (for reasons other than to visit a doctor or replenish medicinal and tissue supplies) and/or coming into work, people will not hear your hacking cough and obnoxious sniffles and feel pity for you. They will not admire your work ethic. They will not want to help you.
They will want to cause you violent harm, but they'll stay away only because they're afraid if they get close to you they will pick up whatever you have (it is OBVIOUSLY that new strain of pertussis/bubonic plague that's going around).
If anyone needs me, I'll be locked in my office drinking hand sanitizer and liveblogging Death Watch 2011.