7. Tough It Out versus Stay at Home: Modeling Disease Spread Through Face-to-Face Conversations

When you get sick, do you go to work?

Although on its face this is a simple question, it has a far from simple answer. What humans are instinctually driven to do isn’t necessarily a product of an evolutionary response to disease, nor is it based solely on our upbringing. The culture of our company and country can play a huge role.

From a physical health perspective, obviously staying home is better. There are no debates. If you stay at home when you’re sick, you are unable to infect anyone else. Many public health professionals would argue that by staying home you’re making a positive decision for society. Fewer people get sick, fewer people miss work, ...

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