In the era of COVID-19, essential workers are plagued with unforeseen and obfuscated challenges. Flight attendants are a unique subgroup of essential workers who face a multitude of health risks attributed to occupational exposures that are accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such risks can be ameliorated with strategies that target factors which enhance COVID-19 risk, including modifiable factors of diet and lifestyle. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to detect occupational dietary and lifestyle factors which could increase COVID-19 incidence amongst flight attendants. To identify potential risk factors, a questionnaire was administered to eighty-four flight attendants and examined the participants’ diet and lifestyle, and COVID-19 incidence.
This study suggests that there are modifiable dietary and lifestyle factors that can be addressed within or around flight attendants’ work environment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses. The significant findings between perceived influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quality of dietary consumption, perceived diet quality, and COVID-incidence suggests that the flight attendant workspace may be a key area for improvement among airlines to modify potential risks for COVID-19 that are rooted in sleep pattern disturbances, and/or are dietary in etiology.
To read the Nature Scientific reports article: Flight attendant occupational nutrition and lifestyle factors associated with COVID-19 incidence