Table 1

Characteristics of FHWs for COVID-19 control (n=20)

CharacteristicNo (n=20)%
Sex
 Male1575
 Female*525
Current affiliation
 Health centre†210
 Gyeonggi province office1365
 Gyeonggi Infectious Disease Control Center525
Type of occupation
 Epidemiologists525
 Public health doctor1575
Type of medical license
 Nursing210
 Dentistry15
 Medical doctor210
 Korean medical doctor‡1260
 None315
Months of work experience as FHW
 0–215
 2–4210
 4–615
 6–8945
>8735
Average hours of work per day§
 <815
 8–10525
 10–12630
 12–14525
 14–1615
>16210
Average hours of rest per day¶
 0210
 1945
 2210
 3630
 N/A15
  • *In 2019, approximately 26% and 22% were females among licensed physicians and Korean medical doctors, respectively.40

  • †Two public health doctors reported their affiliation as a health centre. This may be because they are conducting investigations at the community health centre or they were previously affiliated with the health centre before the pandemic.

  • ‡Individuals with Korean medical licence practice traditional Korean medicine, including herbal medicine and acupuncture.

  • §According to the labour law, healthcare workers must work up to 9 hours a day but can work longer under special circumstances.

  • ¶Few hours of rest may indicate participants’ standby status after leaving work.

  • FHW, front-line health worker; N/A, not available.