COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease or IllnessAccording to circumstances, the coronavirus pandemic can be considered as an occupational disease or illness because it is highly contagious and spreads quickly. Worker’s compensation covers occupational disease if it arises out of the course of employment. Since the disease spreads like wildfire, an infected super spreader can infect several others in his/her vicinity on the first contact. A number of factors have to be met for this criterion to be effective. This includes the following:
- It can be traced back to the place of employment to determine proximate cause.
- There is a direct connection of the disease with the work conditions under which work is performed.
- It does not originate from a hazard to which other workers would have been exposed if they were not in the workplace.
- The disease manifestation was the result of a natural incident that cropped up at work or due to exposure caused by the nature of the employment.