MODERNET COVINAR 15 October 2020

MODERNET COVINAR 15 October 2020

We organized this MODERNET COVINAR to share experiences to prevent and detect COVID-19 as an occupational disease. With nine presentations and a group of around 30 interested participants our first webinar can be considered successful. Although it will never be as fruitful as a real-life meeting, we can use it to strengthen our network in these difficult times. Please find already some presentations underneath.

Modernet Covinar


12.00 Welcome by MODERNET chair Lode Godderis


12.05 Linda Piapan – Covid-19 outbreak in healthcare workers: the role of surveillance and universal masking in Trieste hospitals (north-eastern Italy)

12.20 Godewina Mylle – Prevalence of sars-cov-2 in Belgian long-term care facilities workers

12.35 Pierluigi Cocco – Covid-19 prevalence among the personnel of a university hospital of a low-risk area during the March-June 2020 epidemics

12.50 Stefan Mandic-Rajcevic – Source and symptoms of COVID-19 among hospital workers in Milan

Break 5 minutes


13.10 Raymond Agius – Approaches for the attribution of cases of COVID-19 to occupation

13.25 Ari Kaukiainen – Covid-19 as occupational disease in Finland

13.40 Henk van der Molen – Notifications of Covid-19 as occupational disease in the Netherlands


13.55 Sarah Daniels – Precarious employment conditions as a risk factor for presenteeism and transmission of COVID-19: a rapid review

14.10 Elizaveta Stikova – Workplace risk assessment during occupational exposure on SARS cov-2 virus

14.25 Closure by Lode Godderis

Background information

Modernet is a network of experts and scientists with an interest in new and emerging diseases. The coronavirus has led to many infections and deaths in workers and work situations. Not only in healthcare but far beyond. So far, only limited data are available on how work contributes to the spread of the infection, what are the riskiest jobs and conditions, and how we can confirm the work-relatedness of the disease. Hence, besides the so-called essential workers, other employees, such as teachers, hairdressers, retail workers, etc. can contract the virus in their work.

In many countries, COVID-19 has already been recognized as an occupational disease to compensate for the consequences of the infections. However, major differences exist between countries both in the diagnosis as in the criteria for compensation.

In this COVINAR (= Online webinar on COVID-19) we aim to share national experiences on the study of work-related factors of COVID-19, the trends, and recognition as an occupational disease (reporting and compensation schemes). We also have a specific interest in testing (PCR, serological, …) and contact tracing (apps, …) in occupational settings, in occupational intervention and prevention examples, and in the long-term effects of the disease and how to handle those.

One comment

  1. Nurka Pranjic

    Thank you very much for the content presented at MODERNET COVINAR 15 October 2020. These presentations make valuable material that reveals numerous epidemiological and unknowns in the field of occupational etiology and pathology, vulnerable groups of workers at COVID 19, and differences internationally. great support and praise for such MODERNET activities. I, realy enjoy
    Best wishes
    Nurka Pranjic

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