Having just read this article, and participated in several discussions around Pandemic Planning, I am of the belief that folks might want to consider mandatory 10 day sick times/work from home times for H1N1 infected employees.
Research shows that infected folks may be contagious for up to 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, even after they “feel better”. The problem with this is that as they “feel better” they may return to work or school, thus exposing others to the virus, albeit, inadvertently. Many people simply think that if they “feel better”, then they must be over the infection and not contagious anymore.
So, as you consider your pandemic plans, please think about the idea of a 10 day work from home program or the like for folks that are symptomatic. Explanation and education of folks carrying the virus can only help, so take the time to explain this cycle to your team.
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