If you plan in calling in sick on Monday after the Super Bowl, you won't be alone. About 14 million workers are expected to do the same thing.
A survey released this week by the Workforce Institute at Kronos and Mucinex reveals that about 13.9 million Americans will call in sick on Monday following Super Bowl LII, which will make it one of the biggest sick days of the year.
"We've been researching the Big Game's effect on the workforce for more than a decade and while numbers may fluctuate each year, one clear fact remains: #SuperSickMonday is often the biggest day in America for calling out of work," said Joyce Maroney, executive director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos, Inc.
This year, two other factors might make that number spike even higher. We are experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in years and the wildly popular TV show "This is Us" airs after the Super Bowl.
The survey, which was given to more than 2,000 people, also revealed that 25 percent believe the day after the Super Bowl should be considered a holiday.
And looking back, one in five Americans said they have called in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl, according to the survey.
What's the usual excuse?
About 26 percent of workers calling in sick after the big game tell their employers they have a fever. Fourteen percent said a sore throat and 12 percent said headache.