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Epidemiology and Health 2021;e2021095.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2021095    [Accepted] Published online Nov 6, 2021.
Magnifying the importance of collecting race, ethnicity, industry and occupation data during covid-19 pandemic
Sai Krishna Gudi1,2  , Sophia M. George3  , Komal Krishna Tiwari4 
1College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2Information Management & Analytics, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Health, Seniors and Active Living, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
3Department of Pharmacy Practice, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NITTE University (Deemed), Mangalore, India
4Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Correspondence  Sai Krishna Gudi ,Tel: +1 431-336-8099, Email: sknanu06@gmail.com
Received: Aug 15, 2021  Accepted after revision: Nov 5, 2021
Abstract
The contagiousness of the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) imposed historical lockdowns in countries, shut down industries and began a new era of leading, learning and working from home. No scientific mind could have made accurate projections of the tremendous impact that COVID-19 would have on nations, communities and the global-wide economy. On the other hand, millions of workers were losing their jobs while health care workers are overwhelmed and are reaching a state of mental and physical exhaustion. With the uncontrollable spread of the disease, researchers have been tirelessly working to point out factors that have a higher correlation with disease morbidity & mortality. In this regard, race, ethnicity, industry & occupation are interestingly found to be predominant factors. However, unfortunately, the unavailability of reliable data surrounding individuals' race, ethnicity, occupational and employment details has been a hard reality. Since race, ethnicity and employment are the essential social determinant of health and thus could serve as potential risk factors of COVID-19, collecting such information may offer important context in prioritizing the vulnerable groups. Thus, this perspective aims to highlight the importance and need for collecting the race, ethnicity and occupation-related data to track and treat the most affected racial/ethnic groups by the COVID-19 pandemic. Collecting such data will provide valuable insights and help public health officials pick out workplace-related outbreaks and evaluate the odds of various ethnic groups and professions contracting the infection.
Keywords: race; ethnicity; industry; occupation; COVID-19; disparities
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