Differences in Risk of Severe Outcomes from COVID-19 Across Occupations in Ireland   [open pdf - 742KB]

From the Introduction: "Following the onset of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] in Ireland, the Government identified those sectors and occupations seen as essential to allow for the functioning of society, the economy and the healthcare system. Some essential workers may have been able to work remotely, but this was not possible for most workers. For example, health and care workers, public transport workers, and those involved in food production and supply continued to work on the frontline. It is estimated that approximately 22 per cent of workers both in Ireland and the UK are essential employees. [...] In this paper we identify those occupations with workers that have the highest susceptibility to poor health outcomes from COVID-19, such as more severe illness, greater probability of hospital admission, and high mortality risk. We show that many essential occupations face greater underlying risks if they contract COVID-19, as they contain a large share of workers that have a COVID-19-vulnerable chronic illness, are aged 50 years and older, or live in a deprived area."

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ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series Number 93; Economic and Social Research Institute Survey and Statistical Report Series Number 93
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