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Media Coverage: Not everyone can skip work, even if it prevents spread of flu

Media Coverage: Not everyone can skip work, even if it prevents spread of flu

January 12, 2013
The Denver Post E-Letters
By Margaret Gomez, 9to5 Colorado Organizer
View the original: http://blogs.denverpost.com/eletters/2013/01/12/skip-work-prevents-spread-flu/20750/

 

Letter-writer Carol Bryant is correct that staying home from work when sick is a proven method to keep us all safe from the flu. When workers don’t have access to paid sick days, though, they can’t afford to stay home to recuperate or care for a sick child. Three-quarters of workers in low-wage jobs face this predicament, resulting in the flu being spread in our workplaces and schools. The lack of paid sick days is an important public health issue that needs to be addressed by policymakers.