The largest difference can be seen in respiratory diseases, which caused an average of 182 fewer cases in the pandemic period with 30.6 sick leave per hundred AOK members than in the comparison period. In principle, however, employees were absent from work longer than before the crisis.
More absenteeism due to mental illness
In the pandemic, workers were reported sick an average of four days longer than before the pandemic due to a mental illness. For cardiovascular diseases, the difference was 2.5 days per case; for respiratory diseases and musculoskeletal diseases, the difference was lower at 1.8 and 1.6 days per case.