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Employer-reported respiratory illnesses increased nearly 4,000% in 2020

The rate of illness cases increased from 12.4 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2019 to 55.9 cases in 2020.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there were some 2.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2020, down from 2.8 million in 2019, a decrease of 5.7%.

The decline was due to a drop in injury cases, according to the Bureau, with private industry employers reporting 2.1 million nonfatal injuries in 2020. This was down from 2.7 million in 2019.

However, total reported illness cases more than quadrupled to 544,600 cases, up from 127,200 in 2019. In 2020, the incidence rate of total recordable cases in private industry was 2.7 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers.

The increase in illness cases was driven by a nearly 4,000% increase in employer-reported respiratory illness cases in 2020 at 428,700, up from 10,800 in 2019. The rate of illness cases increased from 12.4 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2019 to 55.9 cases in 2020.

According to the Bureau, respiratory illness rate rose from 1.1 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2019 to 44.0 cases in 2020.

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