Quite apart from the responsibility employers have for their workforce safety and wellbeing, high Covid-19 infection rates play havoc with work continuity and service delivery. Additionally, many industries have staff groups who face an increased risk of exposure, and as seen so clearly with airlines, staff absence can cause severe disruption and loss of revenue. The following are some professions at greater exposure to Covid-19:
- Travel industry professionals e.g. airline cabin staff
- Cruise industry
- Hospitality, including restaurants, nightclubs and hotels
- Healthcare professionals
- Teachers, especially as children are frequently asymptomatic
However, any industry where staff work in close groups or where staff absence causes significant economic and service delivery issues to their employers, represents an opportunity to better understand the workforce immunity profile and take measures to reduce risks and maintain business continuity.
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