Working at office instead of home may double COVID risk: CDC

2020-11-07 20:36:57
Working at office instead of home may double COVID risk: CDC

Employees in office settings may be more likely to become infected with the coronavirus if they regularly commute to work rather than work from home, according to a new US study.

Workers who are tested positive for COVID-19 are almost twice as likely to regularly commute to work, compared with the employees who tested negative, according to research published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC researchers interviewed roughly 310 people who took a COVID-19 test in July, about half of whom tested positive, and compared them to a control group of people who tested negative.

The majority of both groups, all adults, held full-time, non-essential jobs outside of critical infrastructure and had similar community exposure to COVID-19 independent of work.

The groups had some differences in behavior: Only a third of the COVID-19 group reported working from home or teleworking at least part of the time before their diagnosis, while half of the control group participants reported at least sometimes working remotely.

In the two weeks prior to getting sick, members of the COVID-19 group were more likely to report that they exclusively went to the office or to school than control group members were.

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