‘Super Sick Monday:’ 17.2M American workers may call in sick today

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A record number of people are expected to call out sick from work today, according to a survey from the Workforce Institute. 

The Monday after the Super Bowl is known as “Super Sick Monday.”

This year, the survey estimates 17.2 million people may miss work. 

Are employees faking it? Or is the Super Bowl fever a real problem? 

Many employers might be suspicious of a rise in sick calls following the Super Bowl. 

Television’s Dr. Oz says there could be several reasons for the spike. 

“I think the bigger problem is that folks get all riled up about it. Then they start breaking their usual rules of behavior. They have a little too much to drink,” said Dr. Oz. 

He says avoiding Super Bowl fever is easy with a few simple rules. 

“If you make your own food you know what’s in there. A lot of these snacks are actually reasonably healthy for you if you pay attention to it. Never drink two beverages of alcohol back-to-back, always have a glass of water in-between.. that’ll knock out the hangover issue,” he added. 

Of course, he doesn’t recommend faking an illness. 

“If you’re really not feeling well.. fine. But otherwise just call your boss and tell him what happened. But get there all the earlier on Tuesday.”

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