Occupational differences in SARS-CoV-2 infection: Analysis of the UK ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey
The need to protect workers from COVID-19 is a persistent issue with debate around the degree to which SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs in the workplace and which occupations are most affected, with calls for COVID-19 to be classified as an occupational disease.
Considerable concern remains about how occupational COVID-19 risk has evolved during the pandemic. Researchers from Theme 3 of PROTECT aimed to ascertain which occupations had the greatest risk of infection and explored how relative differences varied over the pandemic.
This paper, recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, discusses the study, where the team analysed data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) COVID-19 Infection Survey (CIS) aiming to ascertain:
- Whether occupation is associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection
- Which occupations had the greatest risks and (3) how this varied over time.