Yes. It is recommended to stay at home as long as you have severe symptoms of common cold. There is a good chance that you may end up spreading the virus, as common cold is a communicable infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website suggests staying at home if you are sick and also recommends others to remain at a distance from people who are sick. The University of Alberta website recommends staying at home for two to four days if the symptoms are really bad.
In conclusion, it is strongly recommended to stay at home. However, if it is urgent, wear a mask to reduce the chances of spreading the infection.
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