Members of the HWC team published a new article on Medium today, “Work Stress in the Age of COVID.”  The article – based on a recent editorial published by our team, Pouran Faghri, Marnie Dobson, Paul Landsbergis, and Peter Schnall, in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, discusses why reducing work stressors need to be considered an important part of a public health approach to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for essential, front-line workers. Work stressors (sources of stress at work) such as high job demands, low job control, lack of social support, effort-reward imbalance, work-family conflict, bullying and long work hours) contribute to the comorbidities (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease) that increase the vulnerability of people to severe COVID-19 outcomes. Preventing work stress is vital, especially for those workers who may continue to be exposed to the novel coronavirus going forward, and who may not be vaccinated, may be more likely to develop comorbidities, and whose immune systems may also be negatively impacted by work stress.

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