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Care Workers Experience Higher Coronavirus Fatality Rates

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has found that care workers have higher mortality rates through coronavirus.

Men and women working in care homes and home care positions, experienced raised death rates via the contraction of Covid-19.

Overall there were 23.4 fatalities per 100,000 people.

This figure included 86 females, and 45 males. 

The profession is predominantly staffed with female workers.

A total of 2,494 deaths were attributed to coronavirus between those aged 20 to 64 across England and Wales.

The figures were registered up to and including 20 April.

Care Workers Not at Higher Risk Overall

Yet the ONS did not find evidence that care workers were at greater risk of coronavirus infection, compared to other professions.

Even doctors and nurses were not found to have higher rates of coronavirus deaths.

This was found, when compared with the same age and sex in the general population.

Security Guards Fare The Worst

Male security guards were found to have the worst rate of coronavirus fatalities, reaching 45.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

Taxi driver and chauffeurs were also badly effected.

For every 100,000 people, 36.4 deaths had occurred.

Although the risk was less for bus and coach drivers, as they experienced 26.4 deaths for every 100,000 people.

Chefs also fared badly, with 35.9 deaths per 100,000 due to the pandemic.

And and sales and retail assistants suffered 19.8 deaths per 100,000.

Men Suffer More Coronavirus Deaths

Nearly two thirds of the 2,494 coronavirus deaths were suffered by men.

The total climbed to 1,612 who perished through the disease, 9.9 deaths per 100,000.

In contrast, there were 5.2 deaths per 100,000 for females.

This reached 882 who succumbed to coronavirus.

Overall, men classed as working in the lowest skilled occupations have the highest rate of fatalities.

There were 225 who lost their lives, this was calculated as 21.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

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