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Paid Sick days determine if workers stay home when sick

Updated: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 09:12 PM EST
You've probably already gotten the office memo - Stay home from work if you feel sick.
   
But as the nation's flu epidemic worsens -- many sick workers don't plan on staying at home and getting better.
   
That's because they don't have paid sick days.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says around 80% of full time workers get paid sick days while only 25% of part time workers do.
   
That means almost 41 million Americans can't afford to stay home when they're sick-- which puts everyone else at risk.
   
In fact, the American Journal of Public Health says an additional 5 million people were infected with flu symptoms in 2009 mainly because they caught it from a co-worker.Paid Sick days determine if workers stay home when sick


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Flu Signs and Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

FLU VS. COMMON COLD

Flu Symptoms (more intense than common cold):

  • Fever 
  • Body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry cough are more common and intense
  • Chills
  • HeadachesCommon


Cold Symptoms:  
  • Stuffy/runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever is rare
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild fatigue

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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