According to a study published Thursday at the US Centers for Disease Control, working adults who test positive for Covid-19 are almost twice as likely to test as those with test results. negative. Preventive Mortality and Disease Weekly Report.
A CDC-led group looked at 314 US adults; 153 symptomatic people tested positive for Covid-19 PCR and 161 symptomatic people with negative test results. Participants are identified in outpatient health care facilities in July 2020.
Of the 248 participants who reported their telework status for the two weeks prior to the onset of illness, the proportion of people who worked remotely full-time or part-time was lower in those with a positive coronavirus test. During these two weeks, people with a positive Covid-19 test result were also more likely to just go to school or office.
These associations are also present when the analysis is limited to those who do not represent critical infrastructure employees.
The findings highlight socioeconomic differences between participants who worked and did not work remotely, the authors write. Non-white employees and people earning less money have fewer opportunities to work remotely.
“This investigation provides evidence of the potential health benefits of telework related to the Covid-19 pandemic,” wrote the authors.
“Allowing and encouraging the option of working from home or working remotely, when possible, is an important consideration for reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2,” they said.
When it is not possible to work remotely, safety measures for workers should continue to be extended, they said.
Research has a number of limitations, including that study subjects may not be representative of the US population and the different types of telework are not operated and participants are not asked about policies. The specific alternative workplace provided by the employer.
Some US states and cities have strengthened restrictions such as the obligation to wear masks in stores, offices, and schools in response to the national surge in cases.