Producer: Amina Waheed, Presenter: Joon Chung, Editor: Brian Toro, Animations: Hope Sincere, Shooter: Shruti Parekh

This year’s flu season is bad, with record hospitalizations and hundreds of deaths.

Something that could help stop the spread of this public health epidemic? Mandatory, nationwide, paid sick leave. Sick leave isn’t good just because it’s a basic human right. It would also help the U.S. become a better, healthier, more prosperous country.