Friday, February 28, 2020

A mal de viver num país sem o conceito de "baixa por doença"

The Problem With Telling Sick Workers to Stay Home, por Amanda Mull, em The Atlantic:

Even with the coronavirus spreading, lax labor laws and little sick leave mean that many people can’t afford to skip work.

As the coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands in China spreads worldwide, it now seems like a virtual inevitability that millions of Americans are going to be infected with the flu-like illness known as COVID-19. Public-health officials in the United States have started preparing for what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling a “significant disruption” to daily life. Because more than 80 percent of cases are mild and many will show no symptoms at all, limiting the disease’s spread rests on the basics of prevention: Wash your hands well and frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you feel ill. But that last thing might prove to be among the biggest Achilles’ heels in efforts to stymie the spread of COVID-19. The culture of the American workplace puts everyone’s health at unnecessary risk.

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