It's that time of the year again, and I'm not talking about that big guy in the red suit. It's flu season! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
, we all have between a 5% and 20% chance of getting sick this year.
You know how it goes.. You wake up with a stuffy head, runny nose and a nasty headache, and if you're particularly lucky, an upset stomach to boot. You can't even focus your eyes and you're thinking.. ah jeez, there's no way I'm going into work today.
But if you're like most restaurant workers, you probably don't have a choice. Not going in could mean the difference between being able to pay rent or being out on the street. In fact, according to a 2014 survey by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
, as much as a third of workers never call in sick because they can't afford to lose the hours.
However, heading in to work when you're sick is potentially disastrous. This article by the CDC says
that food industry workers infected with Norovirus are the leading cause of food-related disease outbreaks across the nation, sending as many as 400,000 to the hospital and 700 to the grave annually. It is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis (stomach flu), affecting as many as 21 million Americans a year.
If you do decide to head in, you're not the only one who's going to be miserable; chances are good you're going to share the virus with your co-workers and soon they'll be in the same boat too. Did you know? Sneezes can throw infected particles as far as 26 feet!
There are some things you can do. A microbiologist from the NSF recently recommended, "be conscientious of those around you. Fully cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often, disinfect areas you come into contact with — especially in common areas — and try to keep your distance from co-workers."
Or, better yet, you can save everyone the trouble and stay home, and have peace of mind about your hours.. with Clocked In, you can make up those hours and more, by picking up extra shifts on the side
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