From the commute to chats at the water cooler, there are ways to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 put millions of Canadians out of work and sent millions of others home to work from kitchen tables and sofas.

Staying healthy as work resumes for some and others leave their homes for more formal work settings is going to require employees to not only strictly adhere to preventative measures — like hand hygiene and physical distancing — but to know their rights, say experts in infectious disease and occupational health and safety law.

Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, said it’s also important to note that risk doesn’t always lie exactly where we think it does.

Looking at data from Sweden, which had no shutdown from the novel coronavirus but does have robust data-tracking, teachers “had essentially identical risk to the average community-based person,” she told Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC podcast The Dose. By contrast, pizza makers had four times the average risk.

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