This Friday (5), at 2 pm, the CoVida Network – Science, Information and Solidarity – presents the CoVida Bulletin # 6, which brings the results of the study “Worker’s health: risks and vulnerabilities”. The Webinar will discuss how the pandemic, in times of Labor Reform, increases the health risks for Brazilian workers.
The study will be discussed by Kionna Bernardes, professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Bahia (Fameb / Ufba), and by Elzo Júnior, researcher at the Center for Data Integration and Knowledge for Health (Cidacs / Fiocruz Bahia). Among the panelists are Milena de Almeida, Samilly Miranda, Yukari Mise, Mônica Angelim Gomes and Rita de Cássia Pereira Fernandes.
The researchers will talk about the document they prepared, in which they point out the category with the greatest risk of developing Covid-19 is that of health professionals who work directly with patients, in addition to hospital laundry and hygiene professionals, caregivers, makeup artists and others on the support team, such as ambulance drivers, hospital receptionists, laboratory workers, and workers in morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries. However, the study 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. See the full document .
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