According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization, 745,000 people worldwide died of stroke and heart disease due to long working hours in 2016, with Southeast Asia and Western Pacific countries the most serious. This is the first study to explore how many people died prematurely worldwide due to long working hours.
Studies have shown that compared with working 35 to 40 hours a week, working more than 55 hours a week increases the risk of death from stroke by 35% and the risk of death from heart disease by 17%. In addition, among the people who died prematurely due to long working hours, nearly 75% were middle-aged and elderly men.
This study does not cover the period of the Coronavirus outbreak, but WHO official Pei Jia said that the recent surge in the number of remote workers and the economic slowdown will increase the risk of death due to too long working hours. “Evidence shows that during the country’s lockdown, working hours Will increase by 10%”.