The Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020. Since then, thousands of people who work for small businesses (under 500 employees) have taken paid time off for Covid related reasons.
A new study out in Health Affairs found that FFCRA has been effective in flattening the curve, reducing Covid cases, and by extension, preventing deaths.
Because the federal government does not require businesses to provide any paid sick leave, while some states do, researchers could compare the two sets of states and figure out the impact of FFCRA on Covid.
They found that FFCRA reduces Covid cases by approximately 400 cases per day. That adds up to a lot of saved lives, as well as huge medical cost savings. While their study didn’t look at worker productivity, having sick or exposed people stay home and preventing illness spread undoubtedly means fewer people needed time off than otherwise would.
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