During the coronavirus crisis, many companies have expanded their paid sick leave policies to allow workers with COVID-19 symptoms or the immunocompromised to stay at home. But current policies largely do not consider the positions of people like Blanton and Fred, the latter of whom requested VICE only use his first name out of fear of reprisal.Because of the highly contagious natures of the virus, which can be transmitted asymptomatically, perfectly healthy Americans around the country are less concerned about contracting the coronavirus themselves than they are of bringing it home from work to their immunocompromised loved ones, who face a higher risk of fatality if exposed.
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"So many people seem to be scaling back their hours. I expect a fair number of them are afraid of accidentally killing a person they love."