They tried to use the bogus numbers of South Korea and Japan to downplay the lethality of the disease. They were able to pick up more asymptomatic younger people with their aggressive testing. If you look at deaths/medical visits, this disease is much deadlier. You can also track deaths over time on a graph and compare it to influenza or MERS.
The problem is most companies like Amazon have one employee at 200% utilization to boost profits and don't hire two employees at a much lower utilization. This is why you are seeing resistance to paid sick leave or vacation, because it would force them to hire more people to do the same work, but keep a reserve in case somebody develops COVID-19.
You have to pay for the employee to be out of work recovering, plus pay for the wages of hiring another employee. We are fighting deranged CEO like Jeff Bezos who want to max work employees for more profit.
Sports team pay for bench players in case starters go down. These greedy, deranged pieces of shit want to just have 5 players only.
We should look at sports and make it equivalent to Amazon or some other corporation to understand sick pay. First they would have the starters playing all the time and no bench players. They would save on the pay of having a bench person just suiting up during a game.
They would give you points for missing a game such as 2 points with four resulting in your termination. So if Lebron James missed two games they would replace him with another person that did not miss a game. This is pretty much how most companies are ran.
One of things this outbreak exposed was the coverup, deceit, and propaganda related to the reporting of other illnesses that has been going on for a long time under many Presidents and governments. One of things they tried to do under panic was over test in a few countries, that the U.S. could reference to minimize the threat. Under the column symptomatic illnesses, it is a made up number so they can claim you chance of death is low. I had the flu once and confirmed it with a test, it felt like death.
1. Paid sick days, job protections, and getting rid of these idiotic practices in business to maximize profits which I describe above.
2. Over reliance on having a jumbo Obamacare insurance policy with the government with regards to flu shots and testing. We can have a small 'Medicare' for infectious diseases only.
3. Much better reporting of numbers for a person to assess the risk. You have a 10% chance of death if you hospitalize for the flu from dying over 65. 4. Giving masks to patients that are diagnosed with the flu when they make a medical visit. I was never provided a mask or advised to stay home when I got the flu.
When you are unemployed, you are on standby to a company for retiring employees, deaths, expansion, turnover. You are unpaid in this capacity or the government picks up your tab with UI. Paid sick leave will increase employment when a company has to hire additional workers which will reduce unemployment costs. Infectious diseases will be reduced decreasing the costs of health insurance.