Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Researchers at the Center for Disease Control say the best way to prevent spreading the flu is to simply stay home when you’re sick.
The CDC says that you should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
Not everyone can do that though because 50 percent of people do not get paid sick days.
Researchers decided to run a computer simulation to see what would happen if employees received paid sick days and got an extra day or two for the flu.
Researchers figured that nearly 12 percent of people get the flu from workplace transmission and of that 12 percent, nearly 75 percent were attributed to coworkers showing up to work sick.
The study then simulated two new scenarios, one in which workers had access to paid sick days and another where employees got the extra one or two “flu days.”
The results are not surprising:
- Universal paid sick time could reduce workplace illness by nearly 6 percent.
- An extra “flu day” could reduce workplace illness by over 25 percent.
- Two “flu days” could reduce workplace illness by almost 40 percent.
The results indicate that if employers do not want the flu to spread, paid sick time is a solution.