According to the DAK-Gesundheit, the number of sick days fell by 3.7 percent in the first six months of the year. This means that in the first half of the year, an average of 3.7 percent of those insured by DAK were registered as unable to work. The health insurance company said the disease rate was 4.2 percent in each case, the biggest drop compared to the same period of the previous year and the first half of 2019. From January to June 2021, employees insured with DAK had an average absence of 6.7 days, which is 22 percent less than the first half of 2020. Respiratory diseases were said to have a particularly large deduction.
For every 100 people insured there were only 48 days in the full half year – 92 in the first six months of the previous year, as the data analysis showed. “Winter 2021 is almost completely canceled”, Says Andreas Storm, CEO of DAK-Gesundheit. He explained the distance and health rules for corona infection and suggested taking an example from Asia during the cold season: “The mask is simple because it is effective in the fight against germs.”