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Working from home in the time of COVID-19: how to best preserve occupational health?
  1. Hanifa Bouziri1,
  2. David R M Smith1,2,
  3. Alexis Descatha3,
  4. William Dab1,
  5. Kevin Jean1
  1. 1 Laboratoire MESuRS, Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France
  2. 2 Laboratoire Épidémiologie et modélisation de l'Échappement aux Antibiotiques, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  3. 3 Occupational Health Unit-UMS 011 U1168, Université de Versailles St-Quentin-Inserm APHP, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Hanifa Bouziri, Laboratoire MESuRS, Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France; hanifa.bouziri{at}

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have adopted a broad spectrum of containment measures, from recommendations to stay at home to quarantines of large geographic regions. As part of this response, corporations and governments alike have strongly encouraged workers to telecommute where possible. More than 3.4 billion people in 84 countries have been confined to their homes, as estimated in late March 2020, which potentially translates to many millions of workers temporarily exposed to telecommuting. Since 2000, the emergence of digital and broadband internet has facilitated the development of home telework. Despite limited research interest on its impact on occupational health, several health benefits and risks of telework have been identified in academic or grey literature (table 1) (for a review see Ref. 1). …

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  • Contributors HB, WD and KJ conducted the literature search and analysis. HB and KJ wrote the first draft of the report and all authors contributed to subsequent revisions.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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