Fariha Naqvi Muhammad: If you have a virus, please stay home

For some, this is easier said than done, which is why paid sick leave is so important.

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If you are not feeling well, stay home. It’s a simple message, but many people don’t seem to get it. Last week my family and I had a bad case of respiratory syncytial virus. It took such a good time to leave our house, which gave me time to think about how important it is to stay out of your circulation when you’re sick.

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I had several work commitments and personal commitments that I canceled as the week went on, due to how I was feeling and due to a lack of consideration for others. Was it easy to do? No, but I knew it was the responsible move. Our healthcare system is bursting at the seams, especially children’s hospitals and clinics. We’d better do everything we can to not spread viruses.

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Babies get all kinds of colds, flu, RSV, and other common viruses. By children I also mean their parents, siblings, grandparents and others who come in contact with them.

I recently shared my frustration with people not hiding when they felt sick. Now I’ll take this a step further. It is essential to stay home not only if you have COVID, but also if you are sick with some other respiratory virus. a period. End of discussion.

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We’re still relatively early in this cold/flu season. If we are to transcend it, we need to show a certain level of collective responsibility. If you are coughing and must go out, wear a mask. Use curbside pickup or grocery delivery. Don’t go to the grocery store and cough and sneeze on all of the produce. As silly as it may sound, I’ve witnessed this many times.

Yes, the states are gone, and we all want to move on with our lives. However, this does not give us license to be irresponsible or selfish when it comes to exposing others to germs, even if they do not have coronavirus.

Of course, for many of us, staying home also means staying home from work. Those who go into the workplace while sick endanger their co-workers, and ultimately have an impact on overall workplace productivity.

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However, I concede this is easier for some of us than for others. Some of us still work from home part time in a hybrid model, but not everyone is so lucky.

And theOr some, taking time off work when sick has a financial impact. Unfortunately, some only paid sick leave beyond the two annual paid days that Quebec workers are entitled to (two more paid days than is available in some provinces). It’s terrible to need time off for your health but realize that you may not be able to make ends meet if you do.

I was happy to learn that new federal legislation goes into effect December 1 that requires some employers to provide their workers with 10 paid sick days per year. But this only applies to federally regulated sectors, such as banking, telecommunications, and interprovincial transportation. So it will only affect six percent of Canadian employees. We still have a long way to go.

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Statistics Canada’s 2020 report indicated that just over 50 percent of workers who worked in the past two years took paid sick leave at their last job. However, among temporary workers this proportion is lower, at only 40 percent.

If the past two or three years have taught us anything, it’s not to take our health or the health of our loved ones for granted, and that protecting health is essential.

So why do we fall so easily into old habits where the spread of disease is concerned and abandon our hard-won pandemic sanitary habits so quickly? I wish we were better than that.

Fariha Naqvi Muhammad is the founder and editor-in-chief of CanadianMomEh.com, a lifestyle blog.

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