Expert thinks more people could be working at home

If indeed all people who can work from home would do so, then the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia would be significantly smaller, Iveta Gavare, director of Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), told Latvian Radio February 3.

Gavare said that "traffic flow and transport fill in the mornings and evenings” gave a clear indication that many people were still going to work.

“It's one of the places where there is a reserve, if indeed all those who can work from home would really do it, we would reduce total infection numbers,” Gavare said.

She said that about half of Covid-19 patients don't know where they were infected, while 15.4% say they had got ill in the workplace. It should be remembered, though, that many people are essential workers  who really cannot work from home.

Gavare also stated that some of the infected people did not want to reveal all the information. For example, employers have withheld information from SPKC that employees were coming to work ill.

“The little lies, a little silence is distancing us from normal life, the more we know, the more we can do. There's nothing to be hidden, we don't see at times why people do it,” Gavare said.

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