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.”