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Even Among the Vaccinated, Covid-19 Prompted a Surge of Sick Days

from The Wall Street Journal,

The number of workers taking time off because they were sick with Covid-19—or caring for someone else who was—surged at the beginning of the year, topping another leading cause for missing work: caring for children who were out of school because of the pandemic. A major difference between January 2021’s surge and the one last month is that many of the workers are now vaccinated.

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