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Shefali Luthra, The 19th

Shefali Luthra, The 19th

Shefali Luthra is a health reporter at The 19th covering the intersection of gender and health care. Prior to joining The 19th she was a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, where she spent six years covering national health care and policy.

A teacher in a mask cleans desks during the pandemic.

Flu, RSV and COVID are wreaking havoc — but sick teachers don’t feel like they can stay home

By: - January 3, 2023

Flu case counts are at their highest level for early December in a decade. COVID-19 is spiking once again. Surging diagnoses of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are resulting in overcrowded pediatric emergency rooms. And still, research shows, teachers may not be staying home when they’re sick. With public health experts worried about a brutal winter […]