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Can you still be a chef if you have asthma?

post #2 of 8

Why not?

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post #3 of 8
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Because asthma has a lot of coughing involved and I was just wondering if thats was ok in the food service industry.

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Well, you shouldn't cough on the food (contamination), but that can be controlled, if necessary, with a face mask. No worse than a hairnet, or mustache net.

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post #5 of 8

Don't you use an asthma inhaler? Coughing should be held in check.

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I'd think if you are treating a condition like asthma correctly, it shouldn't be a huge problem. That being said, you can cough on my food if you share the same neck of woods as me. It's ok.

 

Asthma is not communicable. How many non-asthma chefs show up to work with a cold or strep once a year or maybe two .. and through coughing/sneezing/general touching of infected areas expose people to what are actually communicable infections?

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 How many non-asthma chefs show up to work with a cold or strep once a year or maybe two .. and through coughing/sneezing/general touching of infected areas expose people to what are actually communicable infections?


I don't want to know the answer to that question!

You are right, Eastshores, asthma is not communicable. It's the other gunk in the cough that worries me.

 

post #8 of 8

I've had chronic asthma and allergies for as long as I've cooked. Usually if I need to cough or sneeze or whatever, I usually feel it coming at least a second or two before it happens. I take the opportunity to set down my knife  or anything dangerous I have, and take evasive maneuvers. I try to stifle sneezes, but coughs are trickier. If I can get myself where I can ensure my cough is nowhere near food, all the better. Typically, I'll have to wash my hands, but most kitchens have hand sinks everywhere anyways, so it's not a big issue. If I sneeze or cough directly into my hands, I'll give them an extra thorough scrubbing, but it still usually isn't a lot of wasted time. I've seen many cooks with habits much worse than mine, and none of those restaurants have been shut down, or those cooks canned. Of course, I don't condone their unsanitary behaviour, but I merely want to say that in my experience, many cooks deal with wily bodily functions and are still able to hold down their jobs.

 

Short answer: you can be a chef if you have asthma. Just don't spew saliva into my food.

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