Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup: 11 May 2020
11 May 2020
ONS have published new analysis of COVID-19 deaths in England and Wales by occupation (up to 20 April).
Separately, they have looked at occupations with potential exposure to COVID-19, using estimates of exposure to disease (generally) and physical proximity to others. Some of the main points include:
Men and women working in social care – including care workers and home carers – had significantly higher rates of deaths involving COVID-19 compared with those of the same age and sex in the general population
The highest rates of deaths involving COVID-19 were seen among male low-skilled workers such as security guards (45.7 deaths per 100,000 men), followed by taxi drivers and chauffeurs (36.4 deaths per 100,000)
Healthcare workers are among those most likely to be exposed to COVID-19 because of physical proximity and exposure to disease in general, though this may be mitigated by the use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Three in four workers (75%) in occupations requiring frequent contact with people, and exposure to disease, are women