“Some of your coworkers may sympathize and give you a break, but others are just not going to see it that way,” says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman. “Most people, when they hear you cough, are going to be thinking of themselves and the increased risk of you getting them sick since you’re exposing them to your germs.”

With that, Gottsman says the name of the game is keeping those germs to yourself. Here are Gottsman’s sick etiquette tips: