I’ve banged the drum here before and in other places about the public health impact of paid sick days. Particularly now that we have the H1N1 outbreak on our hands and half of North Carolina’s workers lack a single paid sick day.
Now Jeffrey Levi, the Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health, the nation’s preeminent disease prevention advocate, has weighed in over at the Huffington Post. In his post titled “Even a Mild Outbreak is a Major Problem for Workers Without Paid Sick Days”, Levi makes a number of good points, including:
The fact that tens of millions of Americans do not have any paid sick days is a sad state of affairs in normal times. In a pandemic so ubiquitous it’s worthy of being named a national emergency by the President of the United States, it’s foolhardy.
Levi’s had a distinguished public health career, including serving as the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Public Health, a top advisor at the White House on AIDS policy, and currently teaches Health Policy at George Washington University.
In short, the man knows what he’s talking about. Now let’s listen to him and commit ourselves to passing legislation that would guarantee all workers a modest number of paid sick days.