Last Saturday, I developed a sore throat and cough, so I did the right thing on Monday and called in sick to go to the doctor. Things being the way they are right now, I was given a 14 day quarantine, even though my diagnosis is a minor case of bronchitis (they couldn't test for covid). There are 3 women at my job who are terrible gossips, and have apparently decided to spread the rumor that I'm actually out with covid, and that I've been exposing them for weeks. I don't mean to be dramatic, but this is slander, right? I feel like this really crosses a line and could hurt my reputation. My boss knows all about the gossips, and I want to address this when I get back, but I don't want to seem melodramatic. This feels slanderous, though.