The long and the short of it:
I have a county job, and I consider myself one of the lucky ones who gets a paycheck when everyone else is unsure if they will be able to keep paying their bills.
I live in a county that up until recently was lucky with Corona cases until about two weeks ago—then that luck ran out. Corona is now spreading fast where I live, and two people in my sub-department are home on quarantine for being exposed to someone with the virus, and that has me shook up, as while I am not elderly in the "danger zone" age, I am well past the so called safe age.
There was a lot of talk last week among the higher-ups in the department about sending everyone home (government job, so they would have to pay us), but that idea died on Friday.
I have over fifteen weeks of sick days compiled and seven weeks of vacation time, and while I am not keen on burning through all the paid leave hours that I spent years to accumulate, the little voice inside my head keeps telling me "better safe than sorry". But, CAN I even use sick days just for "I feel unsafe" if I am well? And, if I can't use my sick days like that, I probably shouldn't ask about it at work. There is also zero guarantee that this mess will be over and done with in twenty-two weeks, or maybe I will get lucky and the department will send us all home next week or the week after.
So, can I use my paid sick days for Corona if I am not sick, and if so: should I?
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