Medical Notes this week…


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, groups at a high risk for serious illness have mostly been confined older people or those with a chronic illness. But now a study in the journal JAMA Network Open finds that some occupations may be more at risk of getting seriously ill. According to the study, construction workers are five times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid than people with other jobs. Researchers say workers on job sites often can’t physically distance… and seldom wear masks. They’re also more likely to come to work even if they don’t feel well. 

Construction work apparently carries other risks, as well. A new study shows that men in jobs with hard physical work have a 55% higher risk of developing dementia, compared to men doing more sedentary work. The study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports shows that physical labor isn’t the same as physical activity in a person’s leisure time… which doesn’t provide as much wear and tear on the body. 

And finally… it’s no secret that alcohol consumption has gone up in the pandemic. But a survey sponsored by withdrawal.net has quantified some of the results. Researchers say the average person working from home has worked more than 100 hours hungover since the beginning of the pandemic… and half of people have taken a sick day because of it. One in three people have spent at least one day working in bed because of a hangover…and twenty percent of us admit they’re likely to drink more if they know they’re working at home rather than at the office the next day. 

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