The new newsletter of Rede CoVida – Science, Information and Solidarity – brings the results of the study “Worker’s health: risks and vulnerabilities”. The publication highlights how the pandemic, in times of Labor Reform, increases the health risks for Brazilian workers.
According to CoVida Bulletin # 6, health professionals who work directly with patients represent the category with the highest risk of developing covid-19, in addition to hospital laundry and hygiene workers, caregivers, makeup artists and others from the support team, such as ambulance drivers, hospital receptionists, laboratory workers, and morgue, funeral and cemetery workers.
The study also shows that the risk of dying may be higher in other occupations, compared to working in health. That is, other determinants are related to mortality, and not just the greater exposure to the virus.
In addition to this context, there is marked social inequality, the existing poverty in Brazil, the 2017 labor reform and Provisional Measure 936, which authorizes suspension of the employment contract and reduction of wages and hours. Majority in the informal sector and in sectors considered non-essential, black men and women are also among the most vulnerable workers.
“The effective response to the pandemic implies the recognition of differences in gender vulnerability related to exposure to the virus, access to protection and treatment, illness and death, as well as social protection and security policies”, highlight the authors in the study. The CoVida Bulletin also provides recommendations for managers on how to act to face the pandemic and contain symptoms in workers.