CSO publish analysis on occupations most at-risk of exposure to Covid-19
Unsurprisingly, it's nurses who are most at-risk.
The Central Statistics Office has published its data on occupations that face the highest risk of exposure to Covid-19 at the workplace.
The is a result of "an experimental analysis" from "using previously published international research of occupation groups in relation to how physically close to other people workers are when they perform their current job and how often their job requires that they be exposed to disease or infection."
As such, the study does not represent hard data in Ireland, but theoretical exposure based on data gathered internationally. In the data used by the study, professionals of various industries provided answers on "working conditions and day-to-day tasks of their job, including, inter alia, how physically close to other people workers are when they perform their current job and how often their job requires that they be exposed to disease or infection."
Among the key findings of the report was there is a "correlation between working in proximity to others and increased exposure to disease."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, medical professionals of various types feel the most at risk, and the data bears that out, with 53,910 nurses and midwifery professionals "exposed" to Covid-19. They are followed by nursing auxiliaries and assistants (including ambulance staff) and medical practitioners.
The top 10 most exposed professions centre heavily on the medical field, also including vets, dentists, radiographers, care escorts and paramedics.
Professions which listed themselves as having very little or no professional contact with others included artists, agricultural machinery drivers, programmers and software development professionals.
The analysis can be read in full here.