Even if you have a job with a lot of COVID risk, you can stay safer by using simple COVID tools.
Througout this site, we talk about the "COVID weather" — the amount of COVID going around your area. If a lot of people have COVID in the area where you work, going to work is riskier. These questions will help you figure out how risky that region is.
Are most people who live in that area vaccinated?
Do most people in that area wear masks?
According to OSHA, if there’s a lot of COVID going around the area where you work, the level of COVID risk your type of job has depends on three factors:
Whether you have to work with people who have COVID.
How close you have to be to other people, and for how long.
How much fresh air there is where you work.
Very high risk
These are jobs that require interaction with people who have COVID. They are mostly health-care jobs.
These kinds of jobs require lots of contact with coworkers or the public over a long period of time. They also take place indoors, in areas without much fresh air. Examples are:
Jobs in restaurants, especially small ones.
Jobs in bars.
Jobs in some retail stores.
These jobs require close contact with coworkers or the public, but they happen in places with lots of fresh air. Examples are:
Some retail stores
Some grocery stores
These jobs do not require contact with others. They are typically office jobs that can be done from home.