Building Employees at Excessive Threat for COVID

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By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Building staff have the next threat of being hospitalized with COVID-19 than different staff, a brand new examine finds.

Utilizing knowledge collected between March and August on hospitalizations in Austin, Texas, researchers discovered that development staff have been 5 occasions extra possible than folks in different occupations to be hospitalized with COVID-19.

Their better vulnerability might be as a result of development work continued all through the pandemic, even throughout stay-at-home orders and different community-wide public well being measures, the examine authors advised.

And the character of the work is riskier due to the shut contact with others, the researchers stated.

“It would not essentially imply we have to cease development work,” stated Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the COVID-19 Modeling Consortium on the College of Texas at Austin. “It means we have to go to nice lengths to make sure the well being and security of staff after they do go to work.”

Encouraging fundamental security precautions at worksites equivalent to sporting masks and bodily distancing would assist, as would giving staff paid sick go away and different incentives to remain house after they have been uncovered or have gentle symptoms, to assist cut back threat, the researchers stated in a college information launch.

Common COVID-19 testing at work with contact tracing and isolation of detected instances would additionally assist curb the unfold, the examine authors added.

The findings have been revealed on-line Oct. 29 in JAMA Community Open.


Extra data

For extra on COVID-19, head to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: College of Texas at Austin, information launch, Oct. 29, 2020



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