WHO study finds increased risk of death when working 55 or more hours per week – fr

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WHO study finds increased risk of death when working 55 or more hours per week – fr


A World Health Organization (WHO) study found that people who work 55 or more hours per week are at greater risk of dying from stroke or heart disease.
In a monday declaration, WHO shared a study which found that working 55 hours or more per week is associated with an estimated 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% increased risk of dying from ischemic heart disease.

In 2016, According to the WHO, 745,000 people have died from stroke and ischemic heart disease worldwide, a 29% increase from 2000.

The study also found that the work-related disease burden is particularly high among men, people living in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions, and middle-aged and older workers.

The WHO said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the issue of working hours management and that “telecommuting has become the norm in many industries.”

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, millions of people have started working from home, raising the question of how far this will end as the pandemic subsides.

“Working 55 hours or more a week is a serious health hazard,” Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, said in the study. “It is time for all of us – governments, employers and employees alike to realize that long working hours can lead to premature death.”



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