As people return to work, there needs to be a plan in place to keep workers safe and healthy. Tips such as washing hands, avoiding touching your face, and using protective equipment (such as a face mask) may not be enough. We know that older people and people with chronic health conditions, like diabetes, have a higher risk from death from COVID-19. Many people wonder if doctors should be telling older individuals to stop working in places that have high cases of COVID-19 exposure. These researchers suggest we create a strategy to protect at-risk workers as they return to work. This strategy includes counseling people about the risks at work, a specific plan for re-entering their jobs with detailed instructions, and a financial plan for people who are kept out of work. This is a starting point to help doctors have conversations with their patients about decisions of whether or not to work.
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