Family sitting together The report, based on data from the 2018 National Health Interview Survey, also estimated that another 12 million adults at high risk from the disease are not employed but share households with workers.

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) finds that nearly one quarter of the U.S. workforce — about 37.7 million workers — who contract COVID-19 virus are at risk of developing severe illness.

That number includes 10 million workers who are 65 or older, and 27.7 million deemed to be at higher risk for severe illness from the virus because of pre-existing medical conditions, including diabetes, asthma, heart or or chronic pulmonary disease, obesity or cancer-related conditions. 

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Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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