Paid Sick Leave as a Tool for COVID-19 Control

Publication | December 2020

This brief sets out how paid sick leave can play an important and cost-effective role in containing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and protecting workers from loss of income due to sickness.

The publication examines the case for a paid sick leave program as part of measures to suppress the transmission of COVID-19. It provides estimates of how much such a program would cost in payouts to workers, using the case of the Philippines. It finds that a combination of paid sick leave and expanded contact testing, tracing and isolation could control COVID-19 in the Philippines. A sick leave program would be affordable and much more cost-effective than other COVID-19 control measures.

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Health
  • COVID-19
  • Social development and protection
  • Social protection - social insurance programs
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Social protection - social assistance programs
  • 8
  • 8.5 x 11
  • BRF200394-2
  • 978-92-9262-598-6 (print)
  • 978-92-9262-599-3 (electronic)
  • 2071-7202 (print)
  • 2218-2675 (electronic)

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