Public health jobs put individuals and families at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. As of May 22, forty-nine NHS staff have died due to the pandemic.
Nursing news estimates that at least 134 healthcare and social workers have passed away due to the disease.
All of these statistics show that public health workers are increasingly at risk of becoming sick. If they are asymptomatic or unaware of their exposure, they could even transmit it to their family members. It is very reasonable for people to take time off during these trying times. Governments should always explain the risks and sacrifices that public health workers need to make. Given this context, it is quite possible that many people won't join as healthcare workers.