The Majority Of Americans Still Go To Work While Sick
Across American workplaces, people are trying to concentrate on their tasks amid constant coughing, spluttering and sniffling. That’s the sound of flu season and it’s already making people’s lives miserable. The number of influenza cases usually starts creeping up in late November before peaking hugely in February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, common colds are the main reason children and adults miss school and work, with millions of cases every year.
Interestingly, the majority of sick Americans (55%) still drag themselves out of bed every morning and go to work anyway, according to a report from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sixty percent of young people in the 18-29 age bracket admit that they still go to work always or most of the time when they have a cold or the flu, along with 55% of people aged 30-49. That trend of prioritizing work over recuperation when sick is also evident among older people aged 50-64.
Broken down by industry, people involved in factory or manufacturing are most likely to work despite being sick; construction and outdoor work comes second with 64% of people casting their hot water bottle and cup of tea to one side. Office workers are less likely to go into work plagued with cold and flu symptoms, but 44% of people still do it anyway. Sitting next to a snorting and sneezing colleague is certainly unpleasant and unfortunately all too common.