CNN revealed in New York on Thursday that many Americans are forced to work sick.
He added that many, with precarious and low-paying jobs in the service sector, cannot rest even if they contract the virus.
Others can't get or buy tests to detect it and don't have paid sick leave.
CNN noted that in the United States there are no laws that cover such paid absences as in some industrialized countries.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, women are less likely than men to have that option.
For example, an assistant manager at a Pandora jewelry store in Orlando, Florida, was exposed to an infected person and was absent without pay because she did not have a license.
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That employee, on condition of anonymity, said, "It was a very, very hard week for me."
A Pandora spokesperson said the company offers only 40 hours of paid sick time per year.
Bill Thompson, a cook at a Burger King in Independence, Missouri, doesn't have that kind of license either.
"I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette with my life going out to make burgers and fries for $11.15 an hour."
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