The guilt of taking a five-day MC

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Guilt is a feeling I never thought I would associate with falling sick and taking an MC (medical certificate).

When I was a child, receiving an MC was cause for celebration because it meant I would get to skip school (which to be honest, was all that mattered at that time, I guess).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline The guilt of taking a five-day MC. Subscribe