Worker stress high during pandemic, particularly among health staffs, study finds

People’s stress levels have been high across the board since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but particularly so for healthcare workers, women and those age 50 and younger, a study published Wednesday by PLOS ONE found.

In the assessment of more than 10,000 adults in 44 countries, including the United States, during the first half of 2020, study participants scored as high as 90 on the visual analog scale — a 0 to 100 scoring system designed to measure stress levels, the data showed

Physicians and paramedics registered among the highest scores, above 90, on average, according to the researchers.

Compared with workers in other occupations, healthcare staffs were more than twice as likely to score above 80 on the scale, with paramedics 88% more likely to do so than physicians.

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