As school starts, more parents report staying home with sick kids

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  • Like last year's school start, more parents are staying home now to care for sick children compared to years before the pandemic.
  • Parents of young children that fall ill can receive a state-paid benefit to compensate for lost income when they stay home to care for their kids.
  • Niklas Löfgren at the Social Insurance Agency says the increase likely comes from parents and schools being more careful and keeping kids with Covid-like symptoms at home.