Marc Goodman, BSN 14 Posts Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 17 years experience. Jan 14, 2021 I seriously considered asking for an unpaid LOA when things started heating up. I knew I'd be able to afford it and I really debated if it was worth it to take the chance to continue working, especially with some PPE shortages. Money isn't everything, especially if I can't live to enjoy it. Ultimately I decided to stay, because I realized how dumb I'd feel if I left and then picked up covid regardless. A few days later after I dismissed the thought I came down with symptoms, so at the time I was considering leaving I was asymptomatic with an infection brewing. I was concerned for my health, but if I had a family to infect I'd also be a nervous wreck worrying about them. I completely understand if some people took LOAs. That being said, we're not out of the woods yet. If someone resigned somewhere, I wouldn't hire them until the pandemic comes to a close as they might just leave when things worsen again.