The fear of coronavirus killed many essential home workers in April: Research

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 (HealthDay News)

Many American workers who take care of children, the sick or the elderly, as well as bus drivers, subway workers and people involved in food production, left work in April – probably due to concerns about the signing of contract COVID-19, a new government report shows.

In an analysis of federal employment data for absenteeism from October 2019 until the end of April 2020, researchers found that the absence of US workers generally did not change when the coronavirus outbreak occurs.

But that is not the case for some essential service workers who have no choice to work from home, the study found.

"Absences among workers in certain groups (occupation-specific) that identify or contain significant critical infrastructure workforce are significantly higher than expected in April, "a team by Matthew Groenewold, of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In some of the jobs that millions of Americans rely on for their function each day, the absence of workers skyrocketed in April.

Those things include:

  • Child care and personal care staff, with an expected absence rate of 2.1% but actual rate of 5% in April;
  • Health care support staff, with an expected absence rate of 2.4% but an actual rate of 5%;
  • Doctors and health care technicians, with an expected absence rate of 1.9% but the actual rate of 2.8%;
  • Food (meat, poultry, fish) …


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