Healthcare workers have 7 times the risk of severe COVID-19
ISLAMABAD, December 30 (online): A study of severe COVID-19 in the United Kingdom reveals the risk that healthcare workers take to help others.
The researchers analyzed three sources of data:
• Public Health England COVID-19 test results
• recorded deaths from March 16, 2020 to July 26, 2020
• UK Biobank study data covering the years 2006–2010
The UK Biobank data allowed the researchers to track multiple factors that may be associated with the development of severe disease beyond one’s occupation.
A total of 120,075 employees, aged 49–64 years, were involved in the study. Black and Asian people, who are more likely to be essential workers, comprised nearly 3% of the group.
The healthcare workers category overall experienced an average of seven times as many severe cases as nonessential workers.
The study suggests that medical support staff are the most vulnerable. They were nine times more likely to develop severe disease than people in nonessential occupations.
People in the social care and education category had an 84% higher risk, while those providing social care were 2.5 times more likely to have a severe case of the disease.
Transport workers were twice as likely to get seriously ill as nonessential workers, and the risks for people in the “other” category, in general, were 60% higher.