The dangerous phenomenon of sick doctors still going to work

Of all the people in the world that you would think would undoubtedly stay home from work when they are sick, you would have to say "doctors" or "medical professionals," right? These are people who constantly work with the sick, or those who are suffering from serious medical conditions. Medical professionals know how an illness affects them, and they know how it can easily be spread among people.

And yet, a new study found that doctors knowingly ignore the risks of coming into work when they are sick. The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics, and it surveyed 536 medical professionals about their behaviors in relation to work when they are sick. The results were very surprising.

According to the study, 95 percent of respondents said that going into work while sick put patients at risk. Of course, many of these respondents turned around and did it anyway. The survey found that 83 percent of respondents had come in to work in the last year with symptoms such as respiratory issues, diarrhea and fever. Even worse, 9 percent of respondents said they had gone into work while sick at least five times in the past year.

Not only is this a health risk, but you also have to wonder how effective these medical professionals are when they are sick. They are likely more prone to make mistakes, let alone the fact that they are more likely to spread a disease than a healthy person. At the very least, this is a reckless practice by many medical professionals.

Source: Reuters, "Many docs come to work sick," Kathryn Doyle, July 6, 2015



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