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Don’t want to work during Covid-19

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I work in an ER in a city with community spread. I am very high-risk for this illness and it’s complications and care for my 80 year old grandmother who is extremely high-risk. I have been out with pneumonia all week, tested negative for COVID. I had bronchitis last month. My job wants me to get a doctors note and return right away. We run a skeleton crew. I don’t want to work until this crisis is over, I don’t want to infect my grandmother and I don’t want to get infected either. It’s not worth it for my salary. Also, we don’t even have face shields and are re-using N95’s and I’m always up front in triage the first face you see as soon as you slide the glass open it creates a vacuum from the patient to me. Anyone else in this position and if so what are your plans? Quit? I don’t know if I could get FMLA for this. I would like to keep my job if possible and return to it later. There’s no where else in our hospital I can work right now.

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No one wants to work in the middle of a pandemic. A good chunk of us are at risk and have elderly parents or young children. If your doctor writes you off then you can use your ill time but it's going to go fast and you won't have any left. I highly doubt you'll get FMLA for not wanting to work and even if you did they do not have to hold your exact job for you. It's unreasonable to think that you could just be off and expect to keep your job while everyone else who is the exact same position as you has to keep working. Again, nobody wants to get infected or bring it home. Your only option is to quit and if that's your choice that's your choice.

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MeganMN has 14 years experience and specializes in Emergency Room.

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I am in a similar position. I am on FMLA for now. I am not sure what will happen after that. One day at a time. My priority right now is my kids and husband.

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On 3/26/2020 at 10:34 AM, boneknuckleskin said:

I work in an ER in a city with community spread. I am very high-risk for this illness and it’s complications and care for my 80 year old grandmother who is extremely high-risk. I have been out with pneumonia all week, tested negative for COVID. I had bronchitis last month. My job wants me to get a doctors note and return right away. We run a skeleton crew. I don’t want to work until this crisis is over, I don’t want to infect my grandmother and I don’t want to get infected either. It’s not worth it for my salary. Also, we don’t even have face shields and are re-using N95’s and I’m always up front in triage the first face you see as soon as you slide the glass open it creates a vacuum from the patient to me. Anyone else in this position and if so what are your plans? Quit? I don’t know if I could get FMLA for this. I would like to keep my job if possible and return to it later. There’s no where else in our hospital I can work right now.

You need to make the choices which have the possibility for fewest future regrets, right? Best wishes. 

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I quit April 4th so right in the very beginning. My son has bad asthma and we live with my mother in law who has colon cancer and multiple myeloma. I could not take any chances. I was heartbroken b/c I am new grad but being exposed to a new virus that is attacking the lungs was not in my career game plan. I worked mother baby for god's sake. Still--- we had no idea how this virus acted. I'm split 80/20 on whether it was the right thing to do. 80% fine with my decision and 20% overreaction. I have been trying to get a remote job but no luck. I qualify for unemployment b/c I had to take care of my son whose school was closed, but haven't seen a check yet. It's all been pretty depressing. But here we are!

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14 minutes ago, LawyerRN2b said:

I quit April 4th so right in the very beginning. My son has bad asthma and we live with my mother in law who has colon cancer and multiple myeloma. I could not take any chances. I was heartbroken b/c I am new grad but being exposed to a new virus that is attacking the lungs was not in my career game plan. I worked mother baby for god's sake. Still--- we had no idea how this virus acted. I'm split 80/20 on whether it was the right thing to do. 80% fine with my decision and 20% overreaction. I have been trying to get a remote job but no luck. I qualify for unemployment b/c I had to take care of my son whose school was closed, but haven't seen a check yet. It's all been pretty depressing. But here we are!

Please contact your state and national senators to request relief and assistance. 

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