To anyone with even the most basic understanding of infectious diseases (which by now is pretty much the whole world), it will hardly come as a surprise to hear that infection rates are higher among those who go to work than those who don’t. Quite apart from the nature of the job itself, the journey there provides plenty of opportunities to be exposed to the virus.
And even if you do sidestep the infection gauntlet by driving to work,
few none of us work in hermetically-sealed boxes impervious to the flow of potentially-contaminated air.
All the same, it’s a little disconcerting to see the obvious borne out by official statistics. Put simply, there is twice the number of infections among those who continue leaving home to work. And as Belgium’s infection rate continues to soar, the cracks are already showing with many contact professions – be it hospitality or hospitals – struggling with acute staff shortages.
Indeed, even for those who could do their work from home, the authorities have stopped short of mandating full-time teleworking. As pandemic fatigue sets in, the urge to reclaim a work-life balance and separate the workplace from the living space is not entirely unappealing and can even benefit productivity.
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