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Proposing to add Covid-19 to the category of occupational diseases entitled to social insurance

The Ministry of Health is drafting a circular to supplement the disease Covid-19 on the list of occupational diseases entitled to social insurance.

According to the draft, Covid-19 disease Occupation is a disease arising in the process of working due to workers have to come into contact with SARS-CoV-2 in the working environment.

According to the draft, 6 groups of occupations, common jobs and sources of contact with SARS-CoV-2 include: occupations, jobs at medical facilities; people doing occupations and laboratory work, taking samples, transporting samples, handling, preserving and destroying samples of SARS-CoV-2; people doing occupations and jobs in concentrated isolation areas, Medical isolation At home, medical isolation in epidemic areas, support to care for Covid-19 patients at home; people doing jobs, transporting and serving Covid-19 patients; people who do trades, transport, bury, preserve, cremate, and bury human remains Covid-19 disease; people who do jobs and work in epidemic prevention, service and relief for people infected with SARS-CoV-2 (including surveillance, investigation and verification of the epidemic; diplomatic customs officers, immigration officers; officers, professional soldiers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers, defense civil servants, national defense workers and officers; soldiers and officers of the police force; people engaged in other occupations and jobs assigned to participate prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic).

Staff working in a hospital treating Covid-19 patients

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The draft also lists 5 groups of sequelae after recovering from Covid-19 disease, including generalized symptoms (long-lasting symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, muscle pain), taste disturbance, smell disorder, hair loss; respiratory (pneumonia, interstitial pneumonia, pulmonary embolism is pulmonary fibrosis, alveolar dilatation, atelectasis, impaired respiratory function); Cardiovascular (arrhythmia, myocarditis, coronary infarction, myocardial fibrosis high blood pressure chest pain); neurological (motor paralysis, epilepsy, cranial nerve palsy, autoimmune encephalomyelitis…); psychiatric disorders (hallucinations, delusional disorders, mood disorders, depressive disorders, cognitive disorders…).

According to the Institute Health and the medical environment, adding Covid-19 to the list of occupational diseases entitled to social insurance is extremely necessary and urgent, because Covid-19 is currently a group A infectious disease, the risk is at the level of a global pandemic. ; There are often new variants, with a very high rate of spread in society, especially the frontline forces involved in epidemic prevention and control.

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