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20 professions with the highest risk of coronavirus infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends social distance as the most effective way to protect yourself from coronavirus infection, but this is not possible for some workers. Many professionals require personal contact in order to perform work duties, which puts these people at high risk of contracting coronavirus and other infections, writes GOBankingRates.

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In general, healthcare workers are at greatest risk - they have face-to-face contact every workday, and they often meet people with coronavirus. Those caring for the elderly are particularly at risk as they work with the population most vulnerable to COVID-19. But it's not just healthcare workers who take risks every day. Prior to school closures, teachers worked face-to-face with schoolchildren, and service workers, including cashiers and fast food workers, also regularly expose themselves to potential infections.

The project used data based on three factors: (1) how much the work requires contact with other people; (2) how much work requires performing tasks in close proximity to people; and (3) how often the job requires exposure to hazardous conditions. The risk scores ranged from 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest risk.

Obviously, some jobs pose more risks than others. Here are the 20 most dangerous professions most often at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The list also contains teachers, pharmacists, kindergarten educators, penitentiary workers, beauticians, hairdressers, firefighters and more - a complete list here.

20. Flight attendants

  • Risk score: 75,6
  • Average income: $ 56 000
  • US Employees: 118
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

19. Rehabilitologists

  • Risk score: 77,7
  • Average income: $ 84 270
  • US Employees: 126
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

18. Physiotherapists

  • Risk score: 78,6
  • Average income: $ 87 930
  • US Employees: 228
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

17. Physiotherapist assistants

  • Risk score: 79,3
  • Average income: $ 58 040
  • US Employees: 94
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

16. Paramedics and laboratory assistants of the cardiovascular pathology departments

  • Risk score: 79,3
  • Average income: $ 56 850
  • US Employees: 56
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

15. Interns of general practice

  • Risk score: 79,8
  • Average income: $ 194 500
  • US Employees: 37
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

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14. Assistants to general practitioners

  • Risk score: 80,0
  • Average income: $ 108 610
  • US Employees: 114
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

13. Physiotherapist assistants

  • Risk score: 80,3
  • Average income: $ 26 240
  • US Employees: 47
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

12. Specialists in Ultrasound Ultrasound

  • Risk score: 80,4
  • Average income: $ 72 510
  • US Employees: 71
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

11. Paramedics of surgical departments

  • Risk score: 80,6
  • Average income: $ 47 300
  • US Employees: 110
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

10. Licensed carers and nursing sisters

  • Risk score: 82,1
  • Average income: $ 46 240
  • US Employees: 701
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

9. Laboratory assistants of radiological departments

  • Risk score: 84,1
  • Average income: $ 59 520
  • US Employees: 205
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

8. Pulmonologists

  • Risk score: 84,2
  • Average income: $ 60 280
  • US Employees: 129
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

On the subject: Professions most at risk for coronavirus infection

7. Certified Nurses

  • Risk score: 86,1
  • Average income: $ 71 730
  • US Employees: 2
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

6. General practitioners and family doctors

  • Risk score: 90,1
  • Average income: $ 201 100
  • US Employees: 114
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

5. Nurses (care assistants)

  • Risk score: 90,2
  • Average income: $ 28 060
  • US Employees: 50
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

4. General practitioners

  • Risk score: 92,1
  • Average income: $ 151 850
  • US Employees: 113
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

3. Dental assistants

  • Risk score: 92,5
  • Average income: $ 38 660
  • US Employees: 341
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

2. Laboratory assistants of pulmonology departments

  • Risk score: 95,0
  • Average income: $ 60 280
  • US Employees: 129
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

1. Dental Hygienists

  • Risk score: 99,7
  • Average income: $ 74 820
  • US Employees: 215
  • Status during a pandemic: the US government considers it a significant activity.

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