Essential workers have a higher exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 because of their work environment. Recent research from the United Kingdom shows that the risk to essential workers is big. In fact, healthcare workers have more than seven times higher risk of severe COVID-19, while people working in social work and transportation (such as taxi drivers) have two times higher risk. Researchers found that the risk of severe COVID-19 was highest in non-white, essential workers, with a risk eight times as high. Technical jobs, service occupations and plant/machine operatives had a high risk compared to managers and senior officials. These findings show how important it is to have health and safety protocols in the workplace, such as personal protective equipment (PPE). This is especially important in health and social work. This also highlights the need for national plans to protect and support workers with increased risk from COVID-19.


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