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25 Jan 2021 | 11:28

Low-skilled workers, carers and service staff three times more likely to die from Covid-19 - ONS

(Sharecast News) - The Office for National Statistics published a report on Covid deaths in 2020 by occupation on Monday which revealed that men working in low-skilled jobs in the care sector or in other service jobs were most at risk. The report said that men working in such roles were over three times more likely to die from the virus.

Overall 7,961 people between the ages of 20 and 64 died in England and Wales after becoming infected with Covid from March to December of 2020.

There were 31.4 deaths per 100,000 on average amongst men among that age group and 16.8 deaths per 100,000 amongst women.

Covid-19 death rates for men and women working in education, such as secondary school teachers, were not statistically significantly raised compared with rates for the wider working population, the ONS found.

But rates of death involving Covid-19 among male and female social care workers continue to be statistically significantly higher than those for the wider working population.

This sector includes jobs such as process plant workers, security guards, chefs and taxi drivers.

Ben Humberstone, head of health analysis and life events at the ONS, said: "Men continue to have higher rates of death than women, making up nearly two thirds of these deaths.

"There are a complex combination of factors that influence the risk of death; from your age and your ethnicity, where you live and who you live with, to pre-existing health conditions. Our findings do not prove that the rates of death involving Covid-19 are caused by differences in occupational exposure."
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