Evidence Review of Occupational Risks of COVID-19

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Three coworkers wearing face masks in the office. (Image: Mikhail Nilov / Pexels)
Three coworkers wearing face masks in the office. (Image: Mikhail Nilov / Pexels)

Improving knowledge on the risks of COVID-19 infection, mortality, and related outcomes for employees who cannot work from home

25 November 2021


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection has been strongly related to occupation and specifically with sectors where workplace attendance is essential and where remote working is difficult or impossible; where work involves close contact with other people, such as colleagues and/or public, and where ventilation is less than ideal.

Better knowledge of occupational risks will help develop better risk mitigation measures that are key to preventing the spread of the virus and facing future pandemics. Additionally, it will help assess COVID-19 as an occupational disease and what occupations or occupational circumstances might be eligible for compensation.

To better understand the potential risks by occupational sector and job title for those unable to work at home, we want to investigate the reported relative risks of COVID-19 infection, mortality, and related outcomes.

The aim is to perform an “evidence review” by collecting and evaluating existing and emerging/new data related to the COVID-19 risk for the working population categorized by sectors and jobs across Europe. The focus is on those sectors where workers have been present in the workplace during most of the COVID-19 pandemic.


How to Participate?

If you want to share some data —your data and/or data you have access to and permission to share—, read the inclusion criteria and fill out the online questionnaire. This is important to give information on the type/quality of data you have, their origin, the population studied and so on. All the responses from OMEGA-NET members will be collected as a database or report.

If you want to join the team but don’t have data, you can send an email to both Sarah Rhodes (sarah.a.rhodes@manchester.ac.uk) and Anna Longo (annabeatrice.longo@unimi.it).


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