High risk workers: what you need to know

Last updated: April 30, 2024
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It’s a tough world out there right now. It's even tougher if you or someone you love is high risk for the #Coronavirus.

Who is High Risk?

COVID-19 is a new strain of virus, so, unfortunately, there’s limited information surrounding the illness. However, based on the currently available information and clinical expertise, the following groups are at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus:

  • Older adults 65+ years
  • Those with underlying medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, etc.)
  • Immunocompromised individuals

Jobs That Limit Exposure

Despite the uncertain nature of the outbreak, millions of #unemployed workers across the country are in search of jobs to help maintain their financial security. Though any job that requires contact with another individual puts you at risk for contracting COVID, here are a few that limit exposure.

Work from home jobs

The desire for #workfromhome jobs is growing rapidly as more and more individuals are impacted by Corona. Here on Jobcase, we have an awesome feature in our #jobsearch tool that allows you to filter for “Remote only” jobs. Be sure to check it out!

You can also view work from home roles in this article.

Truck drivers

Typically, drivers are alone in their rig for hours on end driving trailers from location to location. With social distancing being encouraged across the country, many drivers are even able to do contactless drop-offs and pickups due to new procedures being put into place at warehouse facilities.

Stocking clerks

Those who work in stocking roles are responsible for replenishing the shelves of stores and managing inventory. Though they do not always work entirely alone, social distancing is easy to adhere to in this role. Click here to view some opportunities.

Cleaning/janitorial roles

Cleaners are responsible for the upkeep and maintaining the cleanliness of buildings, homes, schools, etc. Most roles are in the evening hours when no one else is around, so you typically won’t see anyone else. Additionally, individuals in these roles are trained on safety protocol on keeping yourself safe from potential hazards while cleaning. View openings here!

How to stay safe

Keep your distance

Experts are recommending that people stay at least 6 feet away from one another to avoid potential transmission of the virus. Do your part in keeping yourself and others healthy by keeping your distance whenever possible!

Practice safe hand washing

Here are the five steps to correctly washing your hands, according to the CDC website.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash thoroughly, and wash often. This is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick!

Use a mask

Many states are mandating the use of masks when in public places. The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Read more here.

What to do if you feel at risk at your current job

Talk to your boss

Talk to your boss and express your concerns. Unfortunately, not all employers can offer a work from home solution, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to keep you safe! See if you can be provided with extra PPE or adjusted “off hours” to minimize your risk.

How are you staying safe during COVID?




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gabriel bowden
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Well currently my office only has face shields where completely out of masks and we don't have any gowns.

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pedro ortiz
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There are new ones too. If you are wearing glasses, wash the glasses too. If you are going to make pupu or feces you most to clean your perineal area. If you are wearing hearings, rings, chains o any king of accessories, you must to wash and sanitization all of then, include bags, baskets or any kind or devices(cell phones, laptops, keyboards. You must to clean frequently every day doors, and tables and chairs at home. Your life for now and for ever will be changed. Please accept the changes for you and others

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pam strickler
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Those masks R suffocating

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RUDOLPH KELLER
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I wash my hands regularly, I wear mask and glove

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