After it felt like the last few were caught in the last few months, the confirmation by statistics is hardly surprising: the number of corona-related sick leave has skyrocketed. The DAK boss therefore has a requirement – which should appeal to many.
Munich (dpa / lby) - In the first half of the year, employees in Bavaria were sick more often than in any other half of the year since the beginning of the corona pandemic. There was a significant increase in colds and Covid-19 as the cause. This emerges from an evaluation by the health insurance company DAK Bayern, which is available to the German Press Agency. Overall, the sick leave for January to June was 4.1 percent and thus 0.7 percentage points higher than in the same period of the previous year.
"Parallel to the gradual easing of the corona restrictions in March 2022, a pronounced cold and flu wave could develop," explained the DAK state manager Sophie Schwab. This was accompanied by the highly contagious omicron variant, which caused more lost work than any corona variant before it. In addition, the Free State was well above the national average with regard to Covid 19 diseases. "The Omicron wave caused twice as many corona absence days in Bavaria as in Hamburg or Bremen."
On a national average, 64 days of absence per 100 insured persons were due to Corona, in Bavaria it was 84. That is more than six times as many as in the same period last year, when there were an average of almost 13 days of absence due to Corona.
Almost every fifth day of absence from work (18.4 percent) was due to a respiratory disease. Coughs and runny noses were widespread: while 40 days of absence per 100 insured persons were registered in the same period last year, the number skyrocketed to around 137 days in the first half of the year.
In total, each employee was statistically absent for 7.45 days, 1.36 days more than in the previous year. This means that the level from before the pandemic has been reached again. Respiratory diseases were the most common reason for sick leave in the first half of 2022, ahead of musculoskeletal disorders and mental illness.
"We are therefore demanding that sick leave by telephone become a permanent solution in order to reduce the risk of infection in the doctor's office," emphasized Schwab. "Immediately after the political summer break, the legal basis for a permanent solution must be created."
For the data, the health insurance company evaluated all sick leave for the first half of 2022 for employees from Bavaria with DAK insurance. Since these are around 351,000 people, the figures are considered to be representative of all employed people.