Incidence is rising again: Many want corona protection at work

incidence is rising again
Many want corona protection in the workplace

The third Corona winter is approaching and the incidence is already increasing. In another strong pandemic wave, many employees want strict measures such as a mask requirement. Only a minority does not want to accept measures.

Almost every second employee (48 percent) in Germany would like masks to be mandatory and regular corona tests in the workplace if a strong corona wave comes again in the fall. Only a minority (14 percent) would then no longer want any restrictions at all, according to the ‘Werken 2022’ study by health insurer pronova BKK. Another 4 percent said they only really feel safe in their home office. According to the information, in September 2022, approximately 1,200 employees aged 18 and over were representatively surveyed to collect the data.

According to the survey, most employees (64 percent) don’t want to work mostly from home forever. However, a majority also see many benefits from working there, such as a better work-life balance (64 percent). Significantly more than half (57 percent) also find working in the home office more efficient and productive. However, many are literally reaching their limits: 54 percent of the respondents indicate that they will eventually not be able to work from home regularly because of housing.

More than a third have no chance to work from home

There are large differences in the regulations for working from home: for more than a third of the respondents (35 percent) working from home is generally not possible, for example in nursing professions, in gastronomy or in retail. Almost a quarter (23 percent) indicate that their employer does not offer a home office. Nearly a third (30 percent) can work from home at any time without prior approval, and just over one in ten (12 percent) can work a set number of days.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide seven-day incidence at 635.7 on Saturday morning. The day before, the value of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 577.5 (previous week: 497.0; last month: 223.1). However, this information only gives a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. Experts have long assumed that there will be a large number of cases that will not be registered by the RKI – mainly because not all infected people have a PCR test. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. Late registrations or transmission issues can also bias individual daily values.

The health authorities in Germany recently reported 122,265 new corona infections (last week: 73,856) and 129 deaths (last week: 116) to the RKI within one day. The RKI has counted 33,948,632 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.

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