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More Than a Cold: Hospital-Acquired Respiratory Viral Infections, Sick Leave Policy, and A Need for Culture Change

  • Eric J. Chow (a1) (a2) and Leonard A. Mermel (a1) (a3)
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Address correspondence to Dr Leonard Mermel, Division of Infectious Diseases, Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street Providence, RI 02905 (lmermel@lifespan.org).
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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