Healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses are seven times more likely to have severe COVID-19 infection than those with other types of non-essential jobs, according to research conducted in the UK and published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
The study included 120,075 employees between the ages of 49 and 64. Of these, 35,127 or 29% were classified as important health care workers (9%); social care and education (11%); "Other" to include police and those working in transport and cooking (9%), according to conclusions published in a statement on Tuesday. Researchers relied on data from the UK Biobank Study (2006-10), COVID-19 test results from Public Health England and recorded deaths for the period March 1
According to the study, serious infection was defined as a positive test result for SARS -CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 while in hospital, or deaths attributable to the virus.
The study also showed that those with jobs in the social care and transport sector are twice as likely to suffer from severe infections, according to the statement.
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