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NIOSH Study Evaluates Health Care Access

March 25, 2021

NIOSH Study Evaluates Health Care Access

A new study from researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was published online this month in the journal Public Health Reports.

The study evaluates access to health care services among selected essential workers. Health care access is crucial in the midst of a pandemic, when the health and safety of essential workers is paramount. The researchers identified several occupations where workers have less access to health care services when compared to other workers. Limited access may hinder workers’ ability to address underlying conditions and may increase their risk of severe outcomes from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. The risk for becoming infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 may be higher for essential workers who are required to report to the workplace, rather than telework, and who cannot physically distance from patients, the general public, and/or coworkers. Furthermore, essential workers without routine access to health care services, and especially those lacking paid sick leave, may delay seeking medical attention and work while ill. Consequences may include severe outcomes for the workers themselves and increased potential for exposing coworkers and members of the public to infection.
   —Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-03-10-21.html for the complete press release.