You know it’s flu season when...

There are a handful of certainties in life, death, taxes and everyone getting sick during flu season.

We’ve all be there, on both ends. Take heed of these tips to help you identify when flu season has hit and when you should maybe wear a surgical mask to work.

You start looking into online grocery shopping just so you don't have to leave the house and come into contact with the great unwashed

Seriously though, online shopping is the best.

When you lean in for a hug and someone leans back

#awkwardhug

When men start to compare their man flu with child birth

Because as all women know, the two are totally comparable. -_-

There's hand sanitiser everywhere you look

It’s all fun and games until you find that paper-cut you didn’t know you had.

When you realise that your colleague's constant coughing is actually a form of torture

That’s when you know it’s time to bail.

When there's a fine line between "just a cold" and dying

We’ve all been there.

You treat every slight cough from a co-worker/friend like you're in an episode of The Walking Dead and still infection-free

Surviving the walkers is a game of life and death.

Only the cheap tissues are left on the supermarket shelves

Give me aloe tissues or give me death.

You get anxious about being in large groups of snotty people

As if there weren’t too many people around already, they have to be sick too.

There are deep and meaningful discussions about tissues with "additives" such as aloe vera and eucalyptus

Does it really matter? Just stop the flow! But then look at that nose chaffing – aloe matters.

When your office colleagues start ranking sneezes out of 10

Seriously, is there a need for a sneeze Richter Scale during winter?

When people, previously not-so aware of health issues, become medical experts

You know who you are.

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