The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Working Sick

Jan 31, 2022

Hospitals and other health care settings are pressuring their workers to come to work with Covid! They claim because of Covid they are short-handed, and they are using the new CDC guidelines that reduced quarantine times from 10 days (already a reduction from 14 days) down to five days.

Florida nurse, Candice Cordera, still had a cough and a fever seven days into her breakthrough Covid infection. An employee health representative said she could return to work anyway, citing the newly updated federal guidelines. Cordera was told that she should have recovered by the five-day mark. She did not return to work after she no longer had a fever and was no longer worried about spreading the virus.

It is outrageous that health care settings would agree to endanger their staff and patients in this way. The health care bosses aren’t any different from the bosses in any other industries. Profit is their bottom line. They laid off people before Covid began. Closed hospitals before Covid began. All for the same reasons other bosses lay-off workers and close plants. It’s all about profitability, not saving human lives.

The CDC guidelines changed for the benefit of employers and their bottom line. Not at all to do with science and all to do with bosses telling the government what they need. Unfortunately, the virus does not follow CDC guidelines.