A third of healthcare workers took sick leave after Covid vaccination, study finds

A third of healthcare workers took sick leave after being vaccinated against COVID-19, a German study presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal, (23-26 April) has found. A healthy healthcare workforce is vital to cope with COVID-19, as well as with the pandemic’s wider effects on public health. As a result, […]

Construction workers at risk of unintentionally exposing families to multiple toxic metals

A range of work and home-related factors, such as not having a work locker or a place to launder work clothes, can impact the level of toxic metal concentrations that workers track from their worksites to their home. Take-home exposures — toxic contaminants that are unintentionally brought from the workplace into the home, exposing children and other family members — […]

Most workers experience multiple, interconnected vulnerabilities to COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental health and has caused economic hardship. However, this adversity has disproportionately hurt certain populations—including essential workers and women—deepening existing disparities. One reason behind these disparities? The same people have been affected by clusters of interrelated factors, according to new research published in PLOS Global Public Health. “Most research on COVID-19 […]

Pesticide linked to chronic kidney disease

A commonly available pesticide has been associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a University of Queensland study. Researchers analysed links between pesticide exposure and the risk of kidney dysfunction in 41,847 people, using data from the USA National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). School of Public Health Associate Professor, Nicholas Osborne said the study found people […]

Research shows mass production can make customised PPE for healthcare workers

Research has demonstrated the feasibility of mass producing customised respiratory protection for healthcare workers with a comfortable close-fitting seal, that is suitable for nearly 90% of face shapes and sizes. Providing adequate filtering PPE for frontline healthcare workers has been a major challenge since the start of the pandemic, and the key issue in providing effective protection is the need for […]