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|Health Care Workers Sick on the Job
More than 40 percent of health care workers reported doing their jobs even though they had flu-like symptoms, according to a new study released this week.
The report, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that health care workers across the industry, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, aides, first responders and long-term care workers, were coming to work sick, risking their own health and the health of their patients.
Among the reasons health care professionals sited for working while sick were feeling an obligation to be present, difficulty finding a coworker to cover for them, and not being able to afford the pay they would lose by not coming into work.
The study recommends a profound shift in the culture of health care workplaces, including changes to paid sick leave policies and better scheduling practices that leave room for sick workers to stay home.
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