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Should "Super Sick Monday" be a national holiday?

Posted at 6:29 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-05 18:29:51-05

If you found it hard to get up and head to work or class Monday morning, you probably aren't alone. The day after the Super Bowl is one of the biggest sick days of the year, commonly known as "Super Sick Monday." In 2017, the Kraft-Heinz company gave their employees the day after the Super Bowl the day off, and even started a failed petition to make it a national holiday.

The idea also fell flat with students at Florida Gulf Coast University.

"I mean like, the day of (the Super Bowl) maybe, but the day after? Not really," said student Adam Colodny.

"If you're using it for humor, like for...National Donut Day, then fine," said student Patrick Clines, who didn't notice many absences in class Monday morning. "But in a reality world, I wouldn't do it."

"People should probably just go ahead and be responsible enough to watch the game and get to work the next day, get to class and so on," student Zack Tillery said. "I just don't think it would be very fair."

An estimated 14 million people across the U.S. were expected to call in sick on Monday, with the most common excuses being sore throats, headaches and fever. 

The last national holiday created by the federal government was Martin Luther King Jr. Day back in the 1980s.