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Requiring paid sick leave for all workers could help the nation better cope with public-health problems such as flu, some analysts say.
For 20 million Americans, staying home sick is a luxury. Every year, that many people go to work with a virus or infection because they don’t have paid sick leave, even though research shows that staying home prevents the flu from spreading.
If this season's widespread flu outbreak has hit you, you should stay home to rest and avoid spreading it to others. But, for those who don't have paid sick days or any job-protected leave, that might not be an option.
Access to paid sick leave decreases the probability of job separation, and making coverage universal could substantially reduce medical costs, particularly those paid by public health insurance programs.