Even with PPE, healthcare workers at higher risk for COVID-19, study finds

Kelly Gooch –
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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The study– led by scientists at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and Kings College London– analyzed self-reported information from the COVID Symptom Study smartphone app from March 24 to April 23..

In post-hoc analyses, scientists found that Black, Asian, and minority ethnic healthcare employees were at least five times as most likely to get infected as the non-Hispanic white general community. According to the study, reuse of PPE or inadequate PPE among health care employees were each also connected with increased infection risk.

” In the UK and the USA, risk of reporting a favorable test for COVID-19 was increased amongst front-line healthcare workers,” the study concluded. “Healthcare systems should ensure appropriate accessibility of PPE and establish additional techniques to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19, particularly those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.”.

Although healthcare workers who reported insufficient PPE had the highest danger of infection, increased threat of COVID-19 appeared even among workers who stated they had sufficient PPE, according to the researchers.

A research study of front-line healthcare employees in the United Kingdom and U.S. found they were at higher risk of infection than the public– even with adequate individual protective devices, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health..

Among 2,035,395 neighborhood individuals and 99,795 front-line health care workers who entered information into the app, scientists recorded 5,545 event reports of a positive COVID-19 test, according to the research study.

Scientists found front-line health care workers were at least three times more likely than the public to report a favorable COVID-19 test. Thats despite accounting for danger aspects such as differences in testing frequency.

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