America’s Biggest Sick Day is Surprisingly This Month
When you think of the time of year that people get sick the most, you probably think of the wintertime, right? It makes sense. People are stuck indoors during the winter, and those germs permeate the air. Winter is also flu season. So, winter just seems like the time of year when people would take the most sick days. But, it isn’t. America’s biggest sick day is actually this month.
The new research comes from leave management platform Flamingo Leave Tracker, via Fortune.com. The company look at five years of research and information and determined the most common dates that workers call in and take sick days.
America’s biggest sick day
So, what’s America’s biggest sick day? It’s actually Aug. 24. Who would have thought? As they describe via Fortune.com, “The sunny days of late summer showed a more significant drop in attendance than the frosty winter months typically associated with colds and the flu.” That really blows my mind. But, I can’t disagree with the numbers. Maybe it’s the result of people trying to get those last-minute summer vacations in and overdoing it. That would make sense to me.
What are the other sickest days of the year?
Of course, there are other big sick days, too. The second-sickest day of the year, according to the research, is Feb. 13. That’s during the traditional winter flu season, and it’s also close to Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl. So, it’s either because of the weather or the holidays. You be the judge. Also, the third through fifth sickest days of the year, according to Flamingo’s research, are Oct. 25, Dec. 13, and April 18. That’s also fascinating. The Oct. 25 date is right before Halloween, but the changing temperatures probably have more to do with that being one of the sickest days of the year. Also, April is right when the temperatures are changing. So, changes in temperature can often cause people to get sick.