Restaurant workers show up sick
February 17th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Restaurant workers show up sick

One out of eight restaurant workers has come to work at least twice in the past year while suffering from diarrhea or vomiting, according to a new survey of workers in nine states.

That’s 12% of all workers, an increase over the 5% of workers found in previous studies, according to study author Dr. Steven Sumner, the study’s lead author and a resident in internal medicine at Duke University Hospital. The study is published in The Journal of Food Protection.

One reason workers work while vomiting or experiencing diarrhea is many restaurants don’t have paid sick leave, so if a worker stays home, he or she doesn’t get paid.

The National Restaurant Association has fought required paid sick leave. In a statement to CNN, the association said, “There is no greater priority for the restaurant industry than food safety.”

It didn’t matter much whether the restaurant was fast food or sit-down, whether the workers spoke English, whether a chain or independent, or whether the food was American or ethnic.

Busier restaurants – those that served more than 300 meals on a busy day - were more likely to have workers that worked sick.

"It may be if you're working in a busy place your manager is less likely to send you home, or you may feel bad to leave your coworker stranded on a busy shift," Sumner said.

Sick workers can infect restaurant patrons by touching food or utensils without first washing their hands.

Foodborne illness kills 5,000 people annually, according to the study authors, and sickens some 76 million.

soundoff (417 Responses)
  1. Phillip Boadway

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the highest quality blogs on the web. I'm going to recommend this web site!

    June 10, 2021 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rory Boahn

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing difficulties with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    June 10, 2021 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Amado Bachar

    Itís difficult to find experienced people on this subject, however, you seem like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks


    June 10, 2021 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. rv repair shop


    June 11, 2021 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe Semans

    Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the issues. It was really informative. Your site is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!

    June 11, 2021 at 03:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Wesley Tamlin

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for providing this info.

    June 11, 2021 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jarrod Mor

    I was excited to uncover this page. I need to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have you book marked to see new things on your blog.


    June 11, 2021 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Candis Diede

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thanks, However I am going through problems with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    June 11, 2021 at 05:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. rv repair service near me

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I think that you ought to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally folks don't discuss such issues. To the next! All the best!!


    June 11, 2021 at 10:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Berneice Colacone


    June 11, 2021 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. fiberglass near me

    A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do think that you should publish more about this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but generally folks don't discuss such topics. To the next! All the best!!


    June 11, 2021 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Gmc Cargo Van Repair Shop

    You are so interesting! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like that before. So good to discover another person with some original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!


    June 12, 2021 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Supplies Riverside

    Very nice post. I definitely appreciate this site. Thanks!


    June 12, 2021 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. box truck body repair


    June 12, 2021 at 03:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Chevy Van Repair Panels

    Right here is the right website for anybody who would like to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need toÖHaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for ages. Excellent stuff, just excellent!


    June 12, 2021 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. rv fridge repair near me

    Hello there! This article could not be written much better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I'll send this information to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!


    June 12, 2021 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. bookstore near me

    After looking at a few of the blog posts on your web site, I truly like your way of blogging. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my web site too and tell me what you think.


    June 12, 2021 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. mattress near me


    June 12, 2021 at 14:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. fabric stores near me

    Hi there! I could have sworn Iíve been to this site before but after browsing through many of the articles I realized itís new to me. Regardless, Iím definitely delighted I found it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!


    June 12, 2021 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. check cashing near me

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the website is extremely good.


    June 12, 2021 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. hair salon near me

    I was very happy to discover this great site. I want to to thank you for your time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and i also have you book marked to check out new stuff on your web site.


    June 12, 2021 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. jcpenney near me

    Iím impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog thatís equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my search for something concerning this.


    June 12, 2021 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. old navy near me

    This site was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Cheers!


    June 13, 2021 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. zoo near me

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of the site is also really good.


    June 13, 2021 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. veterinarians near me

    I'd like to thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this blog. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal blog now 😉


    June 13, 2021 at 03:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. work from home jobs near me

    This is a topic that's close to my heart... Thank you! Where are your contact details though?


    June 13, 2021 at 03:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. early voting near me


    June 13, 2021 at 04:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. smiths near me


    June 13, 2021 at 07:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. rent a car near me


    June 13, 2021 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. cvs near me

    Great info. Lucky me I discovered your site by accident (stumbleupon). I've saved as a favorite for later!


    June 13, 2021 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. tim hortons near me


    June 13, 2021 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. fedex drop off near me


    June 13, 2021 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. krogers near me

    Very good post. I absolutely appreciate this website. Stick with it!


    June 13, 2021 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. ymca near me


    June 13, 2021 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. burlington coat factory near me

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It's always interesting to read content from other writers and practice something from their websites.


    June 13, 2021 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. smog check near me


    June 14, 2021 at 01:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. used furniture near me

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I've truly read anything like this before. So good to find another person with original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality!


    June 14, 2021 at 01:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. homegoods near me

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has been doing a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this issue here on your web page.


    June 14, 2021 at 03:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. soul food near me

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It's the little changes that produce the most important changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!


    June 14, 2021 at 03:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. albertsons near me


    June 14, 2021 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. stores open near me


    June 14, 2021 at 06:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. mexican restaurants near me


    June 14, 2021 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. food near me


    June 14, 2021 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. wawa near me


    June 14, 2021 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. cheapest gas near me

    Spot on with this write-up, I really believe this site needs much more attention. Iíll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!


    June 14, 2021 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Repair Seal Beach


    June 14, 2021 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Nearest RV Repair

    Excellent article. I will be going through many of these issues as well..


    June 15, 2021 at 00:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV Repair Orange County

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this information.


    June 15, 2021 at 00:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Sprinter Repair Shop Near Me

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It's the little changes that will make the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!


    June 15, 2021 at 01:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Camper Repair Shop Near Me

    There's certainly a lot to know about this subject. I really like all of the points you've made.


    June 15, 2021 at 01:48 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.