Why paid sick leave is essential to beating coronavirus

Paid sick leave keeps everyone healthier. During a pandemic, it's a necessity.
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In most developed countries, workers have the right to a certain number of paid sick days. It’s a policy that isn’t rooted in just generosity - during pandemics like the novel coronavirus, it can literally save lives.
When workers have to choose between earning a living and staying home sick, it incentivizes them to come to work when they're ill, and potentially infect their colleagues and anyone else they come into contact with. That’s why public health officials are concerned that millions of American workers don’t have access to paid sick days. And a disproportionate share of those workers are concentrated in occupations like food service and hospitality, where there’s potential to infect the hundreds of customers many of them interact with every day.
Correction: At 1:18, islands in Canada, Denmark, Japan, Italy, and Australia are missing highlights.
Previous headline: One policy that changes the coronavirus math
Further reading:
The Italian Ministry of Health
www.thelocal.it/20200309/map-which-parts-of-italy-are-affected-by-coronavirus-outbreak
World Health Organization
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic#/media/File:2020_coronavirus_cases_outside_China.svg
Center for Economic and Policy Research
media.milanote.com/p/files/1Jcvmg1vhFTY82/Rt8/CEPR%20-%20paid%20sick%20leave%20in%2022%20countries%20%282020%20update%29.pdf
Pew Research Center
www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/12/as-coronavirus-spreads-which-u-s-workers-have-paid-sick-leave-and-which-dont/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
A Better Balance
www.abetterbalance.org/resources/map-of-paid-sick-time-laws/
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
archive.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/33874059.html
Wisconsin State Legislature
docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/proposals/sb23
PR Watch
www.prwatch.org/files/ALEC%20Labor%20Business%20Reg%20Subcttee%20Annual%20Mtg%202011.pdf#8
Economic Policy Institute
www.epi.org/preemption-map/
House Democrats (via CNN)
www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/politics/coronavirus-house-economic-bill/index.html
US House of Representatives
docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20200309/BILLS-116hr6201-SUS.pdf
The New York Times
www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-paid-sick-leave.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
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  • WE NEED COMMUNISM

    Danny SchwertkämpferDanny SchwertkämpferVor 5 Tage
  • The U.S. is such a mess 🤦🏻‍♂️

    Cyfl0wCyfl0wVor 7 Tage
  • india is real demacraci lockdown all country helping people huminity first

    rohit kumarrohit kumarVor 10 Tage
  • In Mobile, Alabama, nurses are pressured to work even if they are COVID19 POSITIVE! They are told that if they don't have symptoms and even though they tested positive of Covid 19, they are to wear their mask and come to work. In one hospital here, the nurses are given two medical mask, the simple kind, per week to wear from their car to the hospital. In the hospital the nurses are given one knock off N-95 mask to wear on the job that must last the nurse for a week or more! It has been said that the CDC says that's okay in emergency situations!! How will we ever control the virus better if the people that take care of us in the hospital may infect us, the patient, with the Coronovirus? I just don't get it. Yet lay people that test positive of this virus are told to GO HOME AND QUARANTINE; shouldn't the nurses be allowed to do the same? It truely is a world, or a United States gone MAD! 😷✌

    MaryMaryVor 11 Tage
  • It’s only a matter of time until Vox gets censored for exposing government issues

    MetadragonMetadragonVor 15 Tage
  • You don’t have sick pay in the US?? What!

    Richard JohnsonRichard JohnsonVor 18 Tage
  • The USA is the wealthiest country in the world but can’t seem to provide paid sick days? Something is wrong with this picture.

    jackiechan511jackiechan511Vor 18 Tage
  • Scott Walker was such an ebarssement to our state!

    ilovetotri23ilovetotri23Vor 22 Tage
  • Can someone show this to my boss??

    creative cauldroncreative cauldronVor 23 Tage
  • so I'll throw in a twist. I work at a place with 80 hours paid sick leave annually which accumulates if not used. people I work with will work sick to save their sick time for when they want a 4 day weekend or if overtime is being offered.

    subvet657subvet657Vor 26 Tage
  • Time for Murica to wake up because I guess our land is not so great.

    JonJonVor 27 Tage
  • Should've voted Bernie lol - might as well start a revolution if it gets any worse

    TK TangTK TangVor 28 Tage
  • Usa is the worst infected in the world and people are eating in restaurants still and they’re still open. That’s just going to spread it. Shut down every restaurant and shop apart from grocery stores and see the difference. All the other countries have done this and reduced the infected

    WarrenWarrenVor 29 Tage
  • Canada doesn't always have paid sick days.

    Jeezy MclovinJeezy MclovinVor Monat
  • so anti-lockdown protestors want to go back to work or else theyll starve but dont want paid sick leave becuase thats socialism.

    Waffle -Waffle -Vor Monat
  • Oh dear god 2019 Italy capital: 🙂🙂🙂🙂😕🙂🙂🙂😁🙂☺️🙂☺️🙂😊 2020 Italy capital: 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 WERE TURNING INTO PIDGINS

    Creative 8DCreative 8DVor Monat
  • After this pandemic America needs to change their paid sick leave laws. Not only to how it is in other countries but also I fell if someone is sick common cold/flu or whatever they should be able to take off work with pay to avoid spreading any virus.

    Banksquiat 313Banksquiat 313Vor Monat
  • We cannot abandon something just because it related to communism or socialism. Neither communism nor capitalism being alone is perfect system for the society, so both system must exists together. For example, telecommunication company must be privatized to ensure efficiency and avoid monopoly whereas the government must have rights forcing private company to give paid sick leave, hospitalization leave and other labor rights preventing exploitation by the employer.

    Tragic MachineTragic MachineVor Monat
  • YOU CAN DO ANYTHING IN AMERICA. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO A DREAM. THERE IS NO LIMIT TI SUCCESS. THERE IS NO FAILURE IN CAPITALISM. YOU SAVE. YOU INVEST. AND YOU THRIVE. Guess what the United States is offering that hardly anybody else is? Unemployment. You can get paid by filing for unemployment. These people talking don’t understand what America is. The person taking a is a DE-visions in their 20’s who doesn’t get paid under normal conditions. So why believe her? Stay Home and Stay Safe. America’s economy will never fail

    Colonel RubixColonel RubixVor Monat
    • Tru

      Jeezy MclovinJeezy MclovinVor Monat
  • According to the graph in the video, how many U.S. workers are without paid sick days?

    ShawndraShawndraVor Monat
  • America is great and all, but they should fix some of the major problems they got, like this

    Jack SkoskiewiczJack SkoskiewiczVor Monat
  • On this episode of the greatest country in the world:

    Justin CoolenJustin CoolenVor Monat
  • I'm a special needs client of a special needs job program,they only had us work for 2 days last month and allowed all clients and staff to stay home until further notice.

    Kangaroo FunoKangaroo FunoVor Monat
  • Even many "thirld world countries" have paid sick days lol

    ib kanteib kanteVor Monat
  • "We're only as safe as our least protected neighbours" Canada looks at the US and is terrified.

    JusticeJanitorJusticeJanitorVor Monat
  • America is only all about money

    Jackson VangJackson VangVor Monat
  • I like Germany's idea.

    Conner FieldsConner FieldsVor Monat
  • *Laughs in Australian*

    Pete FavellePete FavelleVor Monat
  • EVER HEARD OF UAE

    Surprised ThomasSurprised ThomasVor Monat
  • This country is so ghetto, I hate it here.

    Xochitl AhuiliztliXochitl AhuiliztliVor Monat
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT....we dont get PAID sick days here in Canada either! what are you going on about?

    friendly911 OSfriendly911 OSVor Monat
    • True this video wasn't researched that well

      Jeezy MclovinJeezy MclovinVor Monat
  • Now our Quebec government decides that people should back to work and school before May. Even the estimated confirmed will increase to more than 26k. Nice work, government

    Krieg TotengraberKrieg TotengraberVor Monat
  • America was never the best country in the world

    Mx1airMx1airVor Monat
  • Casual workers in Aus don't get paid sick leave

    Alex KingAlex KingVor Monat
  • 1:17 You colored Denmark blue, But not Zealand which is a part of Denmark. You did neither color Bornholm, which is also a danish island. Otherwise great video as always. 👍🏻

    Villas HartvigVillas HartvigVor Monat
  • Murica is just a banana republic with a money printer.

    NaboNaboVor Monat
  • Our founding fathers left us with the 2a, we need to force our government to help us before we starve.

    fhdhdfhdhdVor Monat
  • Sounds like a threat. I guess I shouldn't order food. Thanks for letting me know.

    rottvangrottvangVor Monat
  • Since Drumpf took office a lot of shocking stats have come to light over the US when compared to elsewhere in the world. I have a dual nationality with UK & US n I visit my father & family whenever I can out in America. People used ask why I wouldn’t wanna stay n live in the ‘best’ country... I used to tell em ‘come on I know the UK may not seem great but we are far more developed.’ By that I mean we aren’t basing things we do today off a 200 year old document, we can see a doctor whenever without getting in lifetime debt, I don’t fear being shot, our governments (although of course somewhat corrupt like any other), take the job of protecting its nation seriously & not have lax laws that protect basic public health or human rights etc. Now people see what I mean.

    JonaniceJonaniceVor Monat
  • Normal people: Saint Marks Square CSGO player: de_canals

    Phương NguyễnPhương NguyễnVor Monat
  • thats how 3rd world country works.

    srsdn journalsrsdn journalVor Monat
  • *Looks confused in european* I just...I dont even...just...

    Cake9999Cake9999Vor Monat
  • This virus is exposing every single weakness in the system

    Cancun FreezerCancun FreezerVor Monat
  • The problem with complete sick leave is that if workers are payed but are not able to be productive, the company, which during the pandemic have zero profits and having to pay it's workers who have 0 productivity will collapse. Many small businesses in China have collapsed because of their law with sick leave during the outbreak.

    SuMGuY 89SuMGuY 89Vor Monat
  • And that is why I believe America will suffer far more from the outbreak than western Europe. Although I hope they are able change rapidly, having a narrow-minded idot as a president wont help.

    Ian van den HeuvelIan van den HeuvelVor Monat
  • America is the best country are you saying German is better

    classic calebclassic calebVor Monat
  • In Bulgaria we also have paid sick days, didn’t see it marked in blue on the map.

    DeathSkuulDeathSkuulVor Monat
  • Thank you.

    Silence DoGoodSilence DoGoodVor Monat
  • I remember when that legislation passed in the Louisiana Legislature. I thought it incredibly inappropriate for its invasion of local authority and philosophically moronic. I don’t live in the City of New Orleans anymore, but I hope someone files a lawsuit over this, and I hope they win back this authority.

    ManchacManchacVor Monat
  • Coronavirus more like Phil Swift with a chainsaw thats Against Humanity am I right lads

    your last Brain cellyour last Brain cellVor Monat
  • Too bad we cant pay workers out of social security because boomers retiring will completely drain social security anyway

    Meep MeepMeep MeepVor Monat
  • Just to point out... not all workers in Italy recieve sick pay leave. Indeed it is guaranteed for all standard employees but for the self employed (23% of the workforce) there are a lot of gaps. A 2016 European Commission analysis of access to social protection showed that in terms of sick pay leave, Italy is second in Europe in the number of people who are left out. There was a recent reform trying to fix the issue but it did not succed to guarantee the same rights to sick pay leve. (It allowed people to opt in but not made it mandatory, thus creating incentives for people not to be insured) The premise of the video is flawed, even though the main argument is correct. sick pay leave is really inportant and should be accessed by all. Unfortunately, a lot of people suffer in Italy because of this.

    Mihai PalimariciucMihai PalimariciucVor Monat
    • Not to mentione the fact that in their sources they claim a local newspaper from italy is the italian ministry of health and the citation for the WHO comes from wikipedia....

      Mihai PalimariciucMihai PalimariciucVor Monat
  • So this is why the US has the most coronav*rus cases right now...

    MegaTomskuMegaTomskuVor Monat
  • Money rules American policies, politicians, and the government. If you’re poor in America you are disposable.

    Blue Eyes DarlemBlue Eyes DarlemVor Monat
  • Paid sick leave makes sense when companies are still working. What we’re experiencing now is like telling companies “you have to provide sick leave for EVERYONE and by the way shut down your business indefinitely. Two weeks, maybe 8, we don’t know.”

    Andres OrtizAndres OrtizVor Monat
  • Yup the Irish🟢✅💚

    Dammy ShoboyDammy ShoboyVor 2 Monate
  • I think it's only for businesses under 500 employees because they expect the bigger companies to be able to find the money elsewhere.

    Daniel PiotrowskiDaniel PiotrowskiVor 2 Monate
  • As a Canadian I will never understand how America works like this. That country is a mess

    Jodi BuckleyJodi BuckleyVor 2 Monate
  • U guys just found out u.s.a is cruel and evil wow u guys were asleep u.s.a only cares for money their government is cruel they go war for oil and gas money more money

    Linnna AlexsavLinnna AlexsavVor 2 Monate
  • NOOOO NOT THE STOCKERINOS!!!!

    AustinAustinVor 2 Monate
  • Every time I think America couldn't get worse it does

    y'all'vey'all'veVor 2 Monate
  • Paid sick leave should be a right for workers because they've been getting ripped off by corporations since the 1980's.

    greg heffleygreg heffleyVor 2 Monate
  • In russia, we don’t even have a quarantine, bc our government doesn't want to help russian people (:

    Павел БояринцевПавел БояринцевVor 2 Monate
  • Last time i checked, the US was at like 9th place with the most amount of infected people. I just checked again, and they have suddenly become the epicentre. What the heck happened?

    Spectacular SpaghettiSpectacular SpaghettiVor 2 Monate
  • Rip 3 orange circles.

    Jatin RustagiJatin RustagiVor 2 Monate
  • *👏WHY👏 IS 👏AMERICA👏SO👏MESSED👏UP👏?*

    BleueBradeBleueBradeVor 2 Monate
  • That's why a lot of Politicians hate Bernie Sanders because he is against Capitalism!! They call him a Socialist in such a negative way and rich celeberties like The View Hosts like Whoopi Goldberg keep asking him why don't he just drop out because they don't want people to have free healthcare even during this World emergency!!! It is so disheartening

    lala blulala bluVor 2 Monate
  • I feel lucky to live in Canada now

    Navam GoyaniNavam GoyaniVor 2 Monate
  • Don’t like the jobs benefits? find another job? Don’t like that? Move country.

    spankmymonkey3spankmymonkey3Vor 2 Monate
    • Almost like, say imigrants who looked are their position and said lets go to that country that says its a shining city on a hill.

      Ryan MassieRyan MassieVor 2 Monate
    • Hope you're being sarcastic.

      キルイキルイVor 2 Monate
  • Hey Vox, You're literally missing coloring a whole province of Canada at 1:17. Thanks.

    Focusb3nFocusb3nVor 2 Monate
Why paid sick leave is essential to beating coronavirus