SPKC will have data on Latvian Covid-19 patients' jobs

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On February 16, the government approved the creation of a system to transfer information from the State Revenue Service (VID) to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) regarding the occupation of people infected with Covid-19.

This will help the SPKC to understand more about which jobs are at higher risk of Covid-19 spreading.  Consequently, the government will be able to make better decisions on safety measures. 

Though it is always been important to understand which professions are at highest risk, the data has never been formally collected.  For example, it was relatively recently revealed that preschool teachers suffer almost as much as doctors.

The SPKC lacks data on the professions and the specific nature of the work. Patients tend not to disclose all data about themselves. For example, a significant risk group is considered to be long-distance drivers who do not always tell the truth, do not reveal that they had been abroad.

“I hope that cooperation with the VID will allow to discover better profiles where people work and get infected,” SPKC epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs said.

Nearly a year since the start of the pandemic, the VID has been asked to give access to data that could help obtain more information about the professions of the infected people. Formalities are currently in place to enable the Revenue Service to provide this information.

"The exchange of information is planned only for the sufferers of Covid-19. It's not about any person. Currently, the VID databases contain sufficient information to provide all the information needed by the SPKC," said Andrejs Vaivars, General Manager of the VID.


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