A new study has revealed that many people suffering from infectious diseases hide their illness to go to work, travel, or attend social events.
According to the recent research, three out of four individuals (75%) hide their infectious disease at least once. A report published in the journal of Psychological Science stated that participants in the study concealed their illness to travel on airplanes and engage in other social activities, disregarding the risk of spreading the disease to others.
The study included individuals associated with healthcare professions. Dr. Wilson Merle, a researcher at McGhee University, stated that most sick individuals hide their infectious diseases, regardless of the potential harm to others.
Wilson and his colleagues included over 900 participants in the study, including 400 healthcare employees. 70% of the participants informed their symptoms of the infectious disease. Many participants stated that they did so because their illness would have affected their social activities, while others mentioned that they did it for increased overtime pay.