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Those who work in the healthcare services, in bars and restaurants, and in public transport are among the workers who have been the most exposed to the coronavirus, according to a new study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, NIPH.
Healthcare personnel had the most confirmed cases per 1000 employees before this summer, while workers in bars and restaurants have had the most confirmed cases per 1000 employees after the summer.
Taxi drivers, bus drivers, and tram drivers have also been more infected than in the rest of the population of working age.
Between February and July, there were 2,3 registered cases of COVID-19 per 1000 people aged between 20-70 in Norway.
For healthcare personnel the corresponding number was 3,5-6,5 cases per 1000, and for taxi drivers it was 3,4-5,5 cases.
This equals 1,5 to three times more infections than the general population.
Between July and November, the spread of the virus increased somewhat in Norway, to 2,6 cases per 1000 people aged between 20-70 years.
In this period, workers in bars and restaurants, as well as flight and boat attendants, were the most exposed to COVID-19. In these groups, registered cases were between 6,2-8,9 per 1000 employees.
During this period the rates of infection among health workers were the same as for the general population.
Teachers had the same level of infection as the general population both before and after the summer.
Schools were closed in Norway during the lockdown that started on March 12th and only opened up just before the summer holidays started. Schools have been open during the fall and are still open, despite the stricter measures that have been implemented in Norway during recent weeks.
“The difference between the first and second wave may be due to changes in the test criteria,” says Karin Magnusson in a press release from NIPH. She is a researcher at the NIPH and the first author of the study.