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American workplaces left short-staffed on 'Super Sick Monday'

Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 13:08:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Each year, millions of Americans skip work on "Super Sick Monday," the day that follows Super Bowl Sunday.

A survey by Healthline Media. indicates as many as 25 percent of American workers could be taking the day off as they recover from Super Bowl festivities.

"We found that a quarter of people have already stated that they plan to call in sick the day after Super Bowl. A lot of it happens to be because people perhaps overindulge and don't feel great the next day and aren't quite ready for the week to begin," said Dr. Elaine Hanh Le, Healthline's chief medical officer.

FOX News reports an estimated 13.9 million Americans called in sick for "Super Sick Monday" in 2018, and the number ballooned to 17 million in 2019 and 2020, based on extrapolations of US workforce data.

According to Healthline's survey, 61 percent of people reported they planned to drink as much or more alcohol than they did on previous Super Bowl Sundays this year, and 87 percent of people said they would eat about the same amount or more of typical Super Bowl party foods, such as chicken wings, pizza and chips & dips).

Le's advice for having a pleasant post-Super Bowl Monday? Go easy next time.

"Take it easy on alcohol and game party food. Too much of anything can lead to unnecessary physical and emotional discomfort," Dr. Le said in a news release.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed Super Bowl celebrations for many people this year. 61 percent of those surveyed said they planned to watch the game with fewer than five other people. 55 percent of those surveyed said they planned to watch the game at home either by themselves or with immediate family members.