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Denver's paid sick leave campaign continues to be fierce, The American Independent reports, and most recently, opponents of the measure have been contesting claims that paid sick leave is a public health issue. According to a "Keep Denver Competitive" press release:

CU Professor of infectious diseases and public health, Dr. Frank Judson, criticized Initiative 300 proponents for using scare tactics and false claims to campaign.

“Public health education is a serious issue that should not be abused to score political points,” said Dr. Judson, the former director of Denver Public Health. “It has been extremely disappointing to see a campaign mislead the public with false claims of communicable diseases prevention in the workplace.”

Dr. Judson might want to talk to the Centers for Disease Control about that, since the CDC's flu guidelines include this:

  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

It's kind of hard to follow the CDC's recommendations if staying home puts your job or ability to pay rent at risk.

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