Why paid sick leave is essential to beating coronavirus

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Paid sick leave keeps everyone healthier. During a pandemic, it's a necessity.


In most developed countries, workers have the right to a certain number of paid sick days. It’s a policy that isn’t rooted in just generosity — during pandemics like the novel coronavirus, it can literally save lives.

When workers have to choose between earning a living and staying home sick, it incentivizes them to come to work when they're ill, and potentially infect their colleagues and anyone else they come into contact with. That’s why public health officials are concerned that millions of American workers don’t have access to paid sick days. And a disproportionate share of those workers are concentrated in occupations like food service and hospitality, where there’s potential to infect the hundreds of customers many of them interact with every day.

Correction: At 1:18, islands in Canada, Denmark, Japan, Italy, and Australia are missing highlights.

Previous headline: One policy that changes the coronavirus math

Further reading:
The Italian Ministry of Health

World Health Organization

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Pew Research Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Better Balance

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin State Legislature

PR Watch

Economic Policy Institute

House Democrats (via CNN)

US House of Representatives

The New York Times


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The reason that I find the US disturbing is not just how they treat the people but how proud they are over it too.

Author — Tahsan Ahmed

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The United States is only for the wealthy, sorry.

"They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." - George Carlin

Author — Dark Star

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Coronavirus is exposing a lot of things in the world including the U.S true colors

Author — Hernán Dez

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So USA is pretty much capitalist feudalism.

Country designed by the rich for the rich at the expense of the lower class.

Author — Andy Kh

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Stop telling me that the USA is the best country in the world when the poor and middle class are treated so poorly.

Author — Alex Shirley

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*basic human rights*

Americans: is that communism?

Author — Vekpedes

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“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims... but accomplices”
― George Orwell

Author — Mix_vid_Channel

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it's weird how in so many ways America is a backwards nation

Author — Organon

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OH BOY, IF ONLY THERE WERE A CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT THAT PROMISED MEDICARE FOR ALL TO DEAL WITH CRISISES SUCH AS THIS,

Author — Dream’s Father

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“We’re only as safe as our least protected workers.” Most important statement ☝🏼

Author — Alanya Huang

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“We’re only as safe as our least protected neighbours.” Really puts things into perspective

Author — Lauren

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Isn't it funny how the GOP claims to be the 'Christian party' while also giving the finger to everything Jesus taught?

Author — T. J. Cleyn

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Absolutely sickening, things like these make me very ashamed of my country

Author — Cash Globe

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I just can’t believe how countries that are poorer than America still offer free healthcare, sick pay and much much more. I really feel for Americans during this time :(

Author — Callum.Eddy

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“We are only as safe as our least protected neighbors”

What a beautiful and powerful statement.
Paid sick leave is also an economic issue because the more sick the population, the lesser they can work - not that it needs to be but I made this point to the ones who are thick headed enough to not be swayed by it being just a humanitarian issue

Author — G. Ra

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Everything in America comes down to money, sadly.

Author — abraham

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If you have never lived outside the USA for a significant time, you just don’t know how bad you really have it. You live in a bubble

Author — M.River

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I'd like to point out that Australia doesn't have paid sick leave for everyone, only full time workers. More than 50% of our population is in this same boat.

Author — Mim E.B

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“Stay home” but if I stay home I won’t have a home to stay in 😪😭

Author — Matthew Liano

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“America is a third world country in a Gucci belt” - Random tweet

Author — Tite-Live