Occupational Health Science in the Time of COVID-19: Now more than Ever. Academic Article uri icon


  • Workers bear a heavy share of the burden of how countries contend with COVID-19; they face numerous serious threats to their occupational health ranging from those associated with direct exposure to the virus to those reflecting the conflicts between work and family demands. Ten experts were invited to comment on occupational health issues unique to their areas of expertise. The topics include work-family issues, occupational health issues faced by emergency medical personnel, the transition to telework, discrimination against Asian-Americans, work stressors, presenteeism, the need for supportive supervision, safety concerns, economic stressors, and reminders of death at work. Their comments describe the nature of the occupational health concerns created by COVID-19 and discuss both unanswered research questions and recommendations to help organizations reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on workers.

published proceedings

  • Occup Health Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Sinclair, R. R., Allen, T., Barber, L., Bergman, M., Britt, T., Butler, A., ... Yuan, Z.

complete list of authors

  • Sinclair, Robert R||Allen, Tammy||Barber, Lacie||Bergman, Mindy||Britt, Thomas||Butler, Adam||Ford, Michael||Hammer, Leslie||Kath, Lisa||Probst, Tahira||Yuan, Zhenyu

publication date

  • January 2020