76 percent of people with COVID-19 continued to go to work, SCHD study shows

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new study just released shows people with COVID-19 are going to work infected which puts other people at risk.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, 76 percent of people continued to go to work infected.

“This is really the biggest peak we’ve experienced with the pandemic and it’s at a very difficult time to year,” said Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter.

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This month, the health department interviewed 303 people for its study.

Half of those people, it turns out, tested positive for COVID-19, and continued to engage in daily activities.

“That’s anything from going to meet with a friend, going to have a drink with a friend, going to a movie theater and so on, and continuing to be active and social in public,” said Haushalter.

The data shows 76 percent continued to work while sick with COVID-19, 40 percent went to social activities, and 3 percent engaged in school events.

“There is a reminder that if an individual exhibits any signs and symptoms to please stay home get tested and remain isolated until the test results get back,” said Haushalter.

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Director Haushalter said one silver lining is that most infected people worked a day or less.

She said about 45 percent worked one day infected, 29 percent for two days and 10 percent worked for three days.

Nonetheless, she says this behavior is disappointing and people need to stop in order to save lives.

“I know this is a very difficult time for all of us, this is unprecedented for all of us in our lifetimes, this will really take everyone to do what they can in their power to reduce the impact of the pandemic,” she said.

Director Haushalter hopes the reduced quarantine time will encourage people to stay home because the time period was reduced from 14 to 7 to 10 days.

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