Why sending sick workers home actually makes MORE people ill: Bringing in healthy workers 'causes diseases to spread more rapidly' 

Mail Online | 8/3/2016 | Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
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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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