Occupational groups that are at high risk for coronavirus

March 17, 2020

David Koh — a professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences — took an in-depth look at the occupational risks of coronavirus an article on the Medical News Today website.

According to the editorial, the first documented occupational groups at risk were people working in “seafood and wet animal wholesale markets” in Wuhan, China. 

Fifty-five percent of the 47 cases with symptom onset recorded before Jan. 1, 2020, involved people who had worked at or visited the market in Wuhan.

As more people needed medical assistance, healthcare workers became the next occupational group at high risk. Among 138 patients who received treatment in a Wuhan hospital, 29 percen twere healthcare workers.

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