40% of Americans would rather do extra work than take a sick day

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40% of Americans would rather cover for a sick co-worker than take a day off when they're under the weather A OnePoll survey found that four in 10 Americans are more willing to do extra work for sick colleagues than take a day off themselves Adults get an average of two to three colds a year  But 69% said that they would go to work in spite of a bad cough  Toughing it out through a sick day may make you sicker and spread the virus to your colleagues, doctors warn  

By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 21:09 GMT, 7 November 2019 | Updated: 21:11 GMT, 7 November 2019

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Four in 10 Americans would prefer to take on extra work than deal with a sick co-worker, according to new research.

A new survey of 2,000 Americans – in which the vast majority (1,930) were employed – found that 41 percent would rather cover for a co-worker than take the risk of getting sick.

But when they’re the ones feeling under the weather, employees aren’t so willing to stay home: When it comes to a bad cough, 69 percent feel it’s not a valid reason to stay home from work.

And one in three fear their boss wouldn’t consider it a valid reason to stay home from work either – but 52 percent will assume someone is sick if they start coughing. 

Conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Robitussin, the study found that 78 percent of employed respondents say they feel pressure to power through the workday when they’re feeling under the weather, ignoring common advice to take time to rest and recharge.

Nearly 80% of Americans say they don't consider a bad cough a sufficient reason to call in sick from work - even though most assume others are sick if they're coughing, a new poll found

Nearly 80% of Americans say they don't consider a bad cough a sufficient reason to call in sick from work - even though most assume others are sick if they're coughing, a new poll found 

There's no throat clearing when it comes to US health officials' advice: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges Americans to 'stay home home you are sick.' 

But many Americans ignore the experts' recommendations.  

Part of that is due to stress, as the survey revealed that 42 percent of employees surveyed derive stress from attempting to call

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