The Workplace Killer: Long Working Hours

Working long hours is killing so many people in a worsening trend that may worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working for long hours can be fatal, according to the first global study of 745,000 deaths in 2016.

A study by the WHO and the ILO found that most victims of shift work were men, working middle-aged or older, who died much later in life than they had worked shifts.

WHO has found that people living in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region are most affected.

Working more than 55 hours a week is associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease.

The WHO’s study covered 2000-2016 and did not include the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say that remote work and the global recession may have boosted the risks.

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