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Occupational COVID-19: what can be learned from notifications of occupational diseases?
  1. Henk F van der Molen,
  2. Sanja Kezic,
  3. Steven Visser,
  4. Gerda de Groene,
  5. Jaap Maas,
  6. Astrid de Wind,
  7. Sietske Tamminga
  1. Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Public and Occupational Health, Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Henk F van der Molen, Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam UMC Location AMC, Amsterdam 1105 AZ, The Netherlands; h.f.vandermolen{at}amsterdamumc.nl

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Marinaccio and colleagues are applauded for providing valuable data on the risk of acquiring COVID-19 due to exposure in the workplace in Italy.1 Once again, this emphasises the importance of an assessment of the working circumstances and registration of occupational diseases. Data on work-related COVID-19 in the study of Marinaccio and colleagues was based on compensation claims of workers. In the Netherlands, an expert-based one-page guidance document for assessment and reporting of COVID-19 as occupational disease was developed by occupational physicians and data specialists. This guidance document, based on the general 6-step approach,2 was published on the website of the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases3 and communicated by newsletters. Occupational COVID-19 reports, International Classification of Diseases-10 code U.071, contain …

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