Is it better to be sick or be around people who are sick? A Writer's Cramp entry.
Exhibit A: A married woman.
It is common knowledge that all married women believe that their husband is the absolute worse person to live with when he is sick. The reason for that belief is the misconception that we husbands whine too much when we are sick, we overdramatize our illness -- petty though it might be -- and generally are a pain in the behind for the entire time we are under the weather.
Therefore, I believe a married woman would rather be sick themselves than suffer through any illness affecting her husband.
Exhibit B: A married man.
For a married man, it is better that he is sick rather than his wife because he can whine and complain and be waited on hand and foot while he is ill. If his wife is sick, he is stuck doing all the chores; including food shopping, cooking, washing dishes, and (the horrors) cleaning the litter box.
Exhibit C: A child.
Children normally think it's better to be sick than be around those who are sick because, most importantly, they will not have to go to school. The only exception to this rule would be if there was a rad party or field trip coming up, in which case the child would hide their illness, go to the party or field trip, and infect the entire school so that, in the end, he or she would not have to go to school because the epidemic results in the school shutting down for a week.
On the other hand, when a child is sick, Mom or Dad has to stay home to take care of him/her. This means that Mom or Dad has to take off work and wait on the child hand and foot until they are so stressed out and their immune system is suffering from all the extra worry that they will get sick just as the child is recovered. This will generally happen around the time of a school dance or bus trip that the parents have volunteered to chaperone. Not being able to get out of it, they will attend the dance/trip, hiding their illness and infecting the entire school, which will shut down for a week causing one of the parents to stay home from work to watch the child/children. It is truly a vicious cycle.
Exhibit D: An employee.
Most people have jobs, it is a requirement of adulthood, although some of the offspring of the people who have jobs are living in their house and appear to be exempt to the rule that people over the age of 30 should be working, rather than playing video games all day. But I digress...
As an employee, there are several conflicting rules that must be followed. The first rule is that you are required to work when you are scheduled, whether or not you are sick or tired, or sick and tired. Companies today do not generally give vacation or sick time so that the employees do not feel guilty about staying home for a day, or a week, or a month.
However, even though the company demands that employees are present for all of working shifts, employees are supposed to stay home when they have the flu. I know this because there is a poster in the back room where I work that says specifically we are supposed to stay home when we have the flu so that we do not make others sick. The problem with this rule is that when we stay home, we are not getting paid and therefore cannot afford to go to the doctor or get medications to become well. So we go to work, flu or no flu, the end result being that the entire company gets infected and they have to shut down for a week to disinfect during which time nobody gets paid -- except the bosses.
As you can see, the question has varied answers depending on the people and the circumstances. I cannot answer this question one way or the other without more information, such as the severity of the illness and the length of time the person or persons are sick. In addition, prior knowledge of the family relationships and/or the employees status in his/her occupation would increase the possibility of giving a complete and valid answer.
In closing, I would like to thank the author of this question as it has served to exercise my brain cells for a not insignificant period of time this evening. I look forward to the next question.