You may want to have an impact at work, but not in this way.
Last month a “super-spreader action” occurred in Douglas County, Oregon. While “super” may be in many cases a good word to have on your job performance evaluation, “super-spreader” is not. As Kale Williams reported for The Oregonian, a person went to work despite feeling sick. Not sick as in “that new song from The Weeknd is sick,” but sick as in not feeling so good. It turned out that person wasn’t just under the weather. That person was sick with the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Soon this “super-spreader action” of going to work while sick became a “super-spreader event.” Over the ensuing two weeks, the virus did what the virus does: spread and spread. Ultimately, two different Covid-19 coronavirus outbreaks resulted. One ended up killing seven people. The other pushed over 300 people into quarantine. That’s having an impact, in a bad way.
On their website, the Douglas County government indicated, “we can’t even imagine the tremendous remorse these people are feeling right now, and we sympathize with them.” It also emphasized, “that is why we will continue to encourage you to protect yourself and others from contracting and spreading Covid, by staying home if you are sick and by following the guidelines listed in our updates.”
If you are feeling sick, don’t go to work. If one of your employees feels sick, tell him or her to stay home. This should hold regardless the job, whether you are working in a warehouse, taking care of patients, mining uranium, or trying to defeat Thanos. Otherwise, what happened in Douglas County could happen in your county.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clearly indicates on their website that “employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home.” Of course, don’t tell your boss in a less than six feet away, breathy Marilyn Monroe manner. Keep your distance so that you don’t infect him or her. In fact, if possible, stay away from your workplace even before your boss gives the OK to stay home.
And if you have Covid-19, it’s not enough for you to simply stay away from the workplace. Isolate yourself for at least one Scaramucci, which is 10 days, and potentially two Scaramuccis, or 20 days, if you have more severe disease.
Having someone in your household with Covid-19 also puts you at risk for catching the Covid-19 coronavirus and becoming a super spreader at your workplace. So tell your supervisor should your flat-mate, house-mate, or cave-mate become infected with the virus. Stay away from your workplace and consider quarantining yourself.
A workplace culture that moves you may be good. A workplace culture that makes you move your stools very rapidly is not. A workplace should not make you feel obligated to come to work even when you are sick. This helps no one, except for the virus and perhaps toilet tissue manufacturers and Thanos.
But unfortunately such cultures are quite common in the U.S. Your workplace may make you worry about losing pay or even your job unless you drag your feverish, aching, coughing, diarrhea-ing self in to work. Or you may feel guilty about leaving your co-workers with more work because your workplace has about as much redundancy and coverage as a thong. And it’s very thong to have employees stretched very thin. After all, workplace cultures that don’t encourage time off when you may be sick can soon lead to workplaces that’s like are like culture dishes for viruses and other microbes.
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