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History lesson

If it's not Mono, you could be oveworked

In the early days of the Industrial Revolution, workers faced long hours, low wages, and unsafe working conditions. It wasn't uncommon for people to work 12 to 16 hours a day, six or even seven days a week. With no labor laws in place to protect them, workers were at the mercy of their employers and had little choice but to endure the grueling hours.

Factory workers weren't the only ones feeling the burn; employees in other industries, like mining and agriculture, also faced similarly harsh conditions. Child labor was rampant, and it wasn't unusual to see children as young as five years old toiling alongside their parents in factories or fields.

The physical toll of these working conditions was immense. Workers experienced exhaustion, chronic pain, and many health problems associated with long hours and hazardous environments. With no time for leisure or rest, many people struggled to maintain their physical and mental well-being.

However, things began to change in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as labor unions and reformers fought for better working conditions. One of their key demands was a shorter workweek to allow workers more time to rest and recuperate.

The idea of a shorter workweek gained traction when, in 1926, the Ford Motor Company made a groundbreaking move by adopting a 5-day, 40-hour workweek. The company's founder, Henry Ford, believed that shorter work hours would actually increase productivity and improve workers' quality of life.

Ford's experiment proved successful, and soon, other companies began to follow suit. In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed in the United States, which established the 40-hour workweek as the standard and mandated overtime pay for any hours worked beyond that.

The 5-day workweek brought about significant changes in people's lives. With more time off, workers could enjoy leisure activities, spend time with their families, and pursue hobbies and interests outside of work. This newfound work-life balance contributed to a happier, healthier workforce and ultimately had a positive impact on society as a whole.



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Did you know?

There's a reason mono is called "Kissing disease"

Mono, or mononucleosis, is a form of Epstein-Barr virus that affects people to a lesser degree. While Epstein-Barr Syndrome can be completely debilitating, Mono tends to run its course in a few weeks or months. Characterized by symptoms that include sore throats, fevers, body aches, and extreme fatigue, Mono can cause people to miss work or normal activities, and it's more contagious than you might think. In fact, the American Medical Association says that 25% of teenagers and adults will contract the virus during their lifetimes. So how does it spread? Well, there's a good reason that Mono is called "kissing disease." It's primarily passed through saliva. Whether it's sharing a drink with a friend or having an old-fashioned makeout session, swapping bodily fluids with others is the biggest way that Mono spreads. That's why you probably remember hearing more about it in high school. If you are experiencing any symptoms, it's a good idea to see your doctor right away.

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