Amazon Cuts Paid Leave for Sick with COVID-19

Amazon Cuts Paid Leave for Sick with COVID-19

Mike Mareen /

Amazon is shortening its paid leave policy for employees infected with COVID-19 following the change in quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amazon told all U.S. employees on Friday that paid leave for COVID-19 quarantine will be shortened from 10 days to seven days.

“Throughout the past two years, we have consistently based our response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the advice of our own medical experts,” the company said in the announcement.

In late December, the CDC cut isolation times for people infected with COVID-19 from 10 to five days as long as they are asymptomatic. The agency said that the new policy applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

The change in guidance came amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. caused by the omicron variant and subsequent labor shortages due to those infections.

The new variant is highly transmissible, but has shown to be somewhat more mild than previous strains, including the delta variant, according to preliminary data.

Many companies and universities have adopted the new CDC guidance as an updated policy amid discussions at the state, local and federal level about how to deal with the pandemic in the long term.

The United States has averaged close to 600,000 new coronavirus cases per day in the past week, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

The shortened isolation was based on evidence that COVID-19 mostly spreads in the first three days of infected individuals showing symptoms, the CDC said.a

Guest Writer

Related Posts
China is told to cease “COVID deception” due to the pneumonia outbreak by the US envoy
The United States ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, urged Chinese authorities "to abandon COVID deception"
Government-sponsored COVID testing are once again free
The government is once again offering four free COVID-19 exams to citizens as part of
According to a study, Americans’ faith in science declined in 2022
According to a recent national study, Americans' trust in science has decreased as a result
First National Vaccination Day is sponsored by the Biden administration with an emphasis on Black communities
In an effort to increase vaccination rates in Black neighborhoods, the Biden administration on Saturday
China eases anti-virus restrictions and heads off demonstrations
BEIJING (AP) — More Chinese cities eased anti-virus restrictions and police patrolled their streets Thursday
Pfizer to supply six millions of COVID-19 courses to low-income countries
Pfizer announced on Thursday it has reached an agreement to supply up to six million
COVID-19 booster: Main points you should know
With a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel signing off late Thursday on updated
Chicago’s airport to enforce masking despite a federal judge’s ruling
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will continue to enforce masking despite multiple airlines dropping their requirements
Battle Over Biden Covid Vaccine Mandate Heads to Court
Challenges to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers will be consolidated in
UIS issues Fall 2021 student COVID-19 vaccination policy
University of Illinois Springfield Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney sent the following email to faculty, staff