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October 15, 2020

Healthcare Workers with Coronavirus Report Pressure to Return to Work

Public health guidance on COVID-19 continues to evolve as more is learned about the coronavirus.  However, one message has remained consistent: “If you feel sick, stay home.” Yet many hospitals and healthcare clinics have ignored that simple and straightforward advice, pressuring workers who contract COVID-19 to return to work sooner than public health standards suggest it’s safe for them, their colleagues, or their patients.  Such pressures not only stress healthcare workers as they are forced to choose between their job and their health or the health of their families, but also strains their sense of professional responsibility knowing that they may be spreading a potentially deadly virus to the patients they are supposed to treat.