Special sickness benefit

After the lockdown ends and assuming no vaccine I think it would be a good idea to have a special sickness benefit just for covid 19 . Many low income or zero hours workers will turn up for work however ill they feel . Self isolation is fine in theory but needs financial backing to encourage those with symptoms to actually stay home . Surely a simple system where if you have symptoms , report and get tested , the benefit ( say 80% of your wage) would kick in immediately on the result being positive which would allow people to do the full 14 day quarantine . The benefit could be extended too if the person had one of the more severe cases . Stopping only when there's been a negative test .

Why the contribution is important

Encourage those less willing because of financial constraints to follow quarantine rules . Cost effective way to keep infection rates low in the future if covid19 stays as a regular disease .

by cxissy on May 06, 2020 at 01:54AM

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