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As Pandemic Stretches On, Revealing Possible Exposure Can Be Costly To Workers

COVID-19 is still spreading in many communities. Test results can be slow. And quarantines are often unpaid. This leaves workers with tough decisions about what to disclose and when to stay home.
A person on a bike rides by a sign in New York City urging people to stay home in May. As the pandemic drags on, some workers are facing tough choices — balancing potential risks of unwittingly spreading the disease against the possibility of losing pay during a quarantine. Source: Cindy Ord

Marcie was at work at a Ford plant when she got a text warning her she might have been exposed to the coronavirus. It wasn't a sure thing — she was a few steps removed from the confirmed positive case. But it was worrying.

"So am I supposed to leave work? Technically I could be positive and not know it," said Marcie,who didn't want her last name used because she's worried about retribution for talking about

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