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    Default Spread of infectious disease, game theory and formal policy?

    Does anyone think there is a mismatch between individual behaviour, societal perception, workplace policies and the spread of infectious disease?

    Possible examples:

    Retail employees and other employees who work in public who come to work with a cold/other highly infectious virus, because they need the money to survive.

    The societal perception that people who don't work when they have a cold are weak/lazy.

    Workplaces have strict reasons regarding absence due to illness, so that many would rather just risk coming into work, than bother with getting a medical certificate if they perceive their symptoms as being mild. (that is not to say that the symptoms won't become more severe as the disease progresses)
    Would it not be better to enact a policy to restrict these people from coming into work, so that they don't infect other individuals?

    If you were to get a medical certificate to explain your absence, you would typically go to a medical centre potentially placing others at risk.

    Do you have any other good examples?

    The role of human behaviour on the spread of infectious has been getting more academic interest in the last few years.
    http://rsif.royalsocietypublishing.o.../50/1247.short
    http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/...l.pcbi.1000793

    It will be interesting to see whether there will be any future changes in policy as a result of such findings. What changes do you think should occur?
    How will future technologies affect this picture (eg cheap biosensors)?

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    A paper was published online in the BMJ yesterday about the dangers of "presenteeism".

    http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3446

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