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Should paid sick leave be a right?

Experts are worried the coronavirus will spread in the United States partly because many people do not have sick leave at work, and will continue to work while they are sick because they need the money. Typically, workers who don't have paid sick leave are also the workers who come in the closest contact with the public—restaurant workers, rideshare and taxi drivers, hospitality staff, to name a few professions. Self-quarantines are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus. However, if people are unable to do so because they financially cannot afford it, they'll continue working and possibly spread the virus. This isn't limited to just coronavirus, but also contagious diseases like the flu, the common cold and more. Should sick leave be a right?

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Many Americans don't get paid sick leave as part of their jobs. That is a public health concern normally, and in a crisis like with the coronavirus, it could be a make-or-break factor in whether or not we contain the spread. 

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On the other hand, some worry that mandated sick days would hurt small businesses and further damage the economy. It's better not to panic. 

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