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Workers with mental illness may be uniquely affected by the labor market impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The authors find that workers with mental illness were less likely than those without mental illness to have occupations where remote work was feasible.

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These employment patterns suggest that workers with mental illnesses may face higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 through in-person work and higher risk of unemployment if they work in a nonessential industry that is subject to shutdowns, closures, or staff reductions.

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This page is a summary of: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Nature of Work Among Those With Mental Illness, Psychiatric Services, May 2022, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202100217.
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