COVID-19 Across Professions - Infection, Hospitalisation, and ICU Patterns in a Swedish County.

Månsson J, Cajander S, Lidén M, Löfstedt H, Westberg H

J Occup Environ Med - (-) - [2024-05-23; online 2024-05-23]

To study infection, hospitalisation, and admission to ICU for COVID-19 in different occupations and pandemic waves in a Swedish county. Individual registry data of infection and hospitalisation were merged with occupational data in, this cross-sectional study. Infected, hospital- and ICU-admission were analysed by occupational groups. 22,095 cases of COVID-19 from 21 February 2021 to 31 August 2022 were identified. Healthcare workers and others working in close physical proximity showed a higher rate of confirmed COVID-19 infections in all waves and higher risk for hospital admission early in the pandemic. Exposure to diseases and physical proximity played a decisive role. Workers in close-contact occupations experienced a higher rate of confirmed infections throughout the pandemic and higher hospitalisation rates in the first pandemic wave, suggesting a need for more effective initial safety measures in a future pandemic.

Category: Public Health

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 38788162

DOI 10.1097/JOM.0000000000003147

Crossref 10.1097/JOM.0000000000003147

pii: 00043764-990000000-00585

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