Too soon to return to the office? Czech research explains why working from home matters

Researchers who compiled the data say that home office may have had a positive impact on the country's coronavirus numbers

Katrina Modrá

Written by Katrina Modrá Published on 21.05.2020 12:51:06 (updated on 21.05.2020) Reading time: 1 minute

The recent closure of non-essential Czech working spaces and the subsequent rise in employees taking home office may have lowered the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus — and contributed to the relatively mild outbreak in the country at large, says a new survey.

Researchers who compiled the data are hoping that home-office will be widely employed as an effective safety measure in the future should a second-wave of the illness strike.

The poll, conducted by the AntiCOVID19 Model Initiative and published on Wednesday found that people with home office tended to limit everyday activities such as shopping and using public transport as well as personal contact.

The data shows that in early-March, the average Czech came into contact with roughly 19 people every week. By late-April, that number dropped to six.

PQ Research sociologist Daniel Prokop says home office may have also contributed to the relatively mild outbreak in the Czech Republic and says that the government should consider supporting-work-from-home measures in the future.

The poll is a part of the Life During the Pandemic project, a joint project of the PAQ Research company, the NMS agency, and the AntiCOVID19 Model Initiative that has charted biweekly changes in the behavioral patterns of 3,100 Czechs since March 16.

Many employees in the Czech Republic have slowly begun returning to work; on Tuesday it was announced that masks were no longer required in the office as long as employees continue to socially distance.

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