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If a worker calls out sick, employers will often bring in a healthy replacement for the day.
But a new study warns this practice dramatically increases the risk of spreading infection.
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Though logical in theory, experts at the Santa Fe Institute warn workplaces can be a hotbed of viral transmissions, and the sick worker's germs may still be lingering.
It means that substitute teachers or back-up office staff could be exposed to elements of the illness, thereby increasing the number of people infected.
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To explain the theory, Santa Fe's mathematical biologist Samuel Scarpino created real-world scenarios on a computer model, placing humans into office scenarios.
He was assisted by theoretical physicist Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, a fellow at the Institute, and Antoine Allard, Hébert-Dufresne's longtime collaborator from the University of Barcelona.
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Both study complex patterns in networks.
The study, published this week in Nature Physics, used a series of specific scenarios to demonstrate that human exchange spreads the flu even more easily than we thought.
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It means scientists may have to reassess the way they predict the potential reach of a disease outbreak.
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