The effects of COVID-19 have led to certain countries classifying it as an occupational disease, due to transmissibility within the workplace, especially in healthcare offices. This can pose legal and liability issues for insurers, as workers can receive compensation as a result of becoming sick within the workplace. As of July 2020, US federal employees can apply for compensation if they contracted COVID-19, either as a result of workplace duties due to traumatic injury or occupational disease. This report summarizes the different ways countries have recognized COVID-19 as an occupational disease, via occupational safety and health practices.
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