Question:

What should we do if an employee says their symptoms are not related to COVID-19?

Answer:

This is a tough situation. The CDC advises employers to send employees home when they have COVID-19 symptoms. If an employee claims their symptoms are from another cause (e.g., allergies, asthma, common cold), the most risk-averse response would be to send them home with pay until the symptoms resolve or they can provide evidence of the other source of the symptoms.