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Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Workers in Health and Social Services in Germany

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Institute for Health Services Research in Dermatology and Nursing, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 20251 Hamburg, Germany
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Department of Occupational Medicine, Hazardous Substances and Public Health, Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Healthcare and Welfare Services, 22089 Hamburg, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(12), 6983; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19126983
Received: 22 April 2022 / Revised: 2 June 2022 / Accepted: 5 June 2022 / Published: 7 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Burden of COVID-19 in Workers)
Health workers are at increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 infections. What follows the acute infection is rarely reported in the occupational context. This study examines the employees’ consequences of COVID-19 infection, the risk factors and the impact on quality of life over time. In this baseline survey, respondents were asked about their COVID-19 infection in 2020 and their current health situation. Out of 2053 participants, almost 73% experienced persistent symptoms for more than three months, with fatigue/exhaustion, concentration/memory problems and shortness of breath being most frequently reported. Risk factors were older age, female gender, previous illness, many and severe symptoms during the acute infection, and outpatient medical care. An impaired health-related quality of life was found in participants suffering from persistent symptoms. Overall, a high need for rehabilitation to improve health and work ability is evident. Further follow-up surveys will observe the changes and the impact of vaccination on the consequences of COVID-19 among health workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; health workers; social workers; persistent symptoms; long COVID; post-COVID-19 syndrome COVID-19; health workers; social workers; persistent symptoms; long COVID; post-COVID-19 syndrome
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Peters, C.; Dulon, M.; Westermann, C.; Kozak, A.; Nienhaus, A. Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Workers in Health and Social Services in Germany. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 6983. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19126983

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Peters C, Dulon M, Westermann C, Kozak A, Nienhaus A. Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Workers in Health and Social Services in Germany. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(12):6983. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19126983

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Peters, Claudia, Madeleine Dulon, Claudia Westermann, Agnessa Kozak, and Albert Nienhaus. 2022. "Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Workers in Health and Social Services in Germany" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 12: 6983. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19126983

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