Year of Publication

2021

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Erin Haynes

Committee Member

Dr. Timothy Price

Committee Member

Dr. Susan Spengler

Abstract

A novel coronavirus pandemic radically shifted the working environment of the population in the United States in the spring of 2020. Studies have examined the difference between healthcare workers and the general population, but there exists a gap when looking at mitigation strategies between healthcare workers and other workers that continued working outside the home. This study surveyed workers and asked about employment status, employment field, COVID safety precautions taken in the workplace, and feelings of safety. This study examined that and found statistically significant differences in the mitigation strategies used by healthcare workplaces and all other non-healthcare workplaces. This research shows that different professions (namely medical vs non-medical) had different approaches in regards of trying to protect workers from COVID-19. Future research is needed to further examine the relationship between mitigation strategies and perception of safety.

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