Really liked this write up by Darlena Cunha. I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can stay home when I’m sick or stay with my child when she’s sick, but my husband is not in such a position. Despite having a backlog of unused sick days from his fifteen years at his job, he was written up last year for “excessive absences” after missing more than the allowed four days in a row with a really bad flu. This despite having literally a month or more of unused sick days available to him.
“As we come into flu season, and are all scared out of our minds about Ebola and enterovirus 68 and other infectious diseases hitting closer and closer to home, maybe we should take some responsibility for how we spread these viruses.Our social infrastructure needs to change as well. People cannot continue to have to choose between their job security, their school success and their health. People shouldn’t have to be scared to be sick.”