Previous studies have found that 10-20% of coronavirus infections occur among front-line workers.
Using the COVID Symptom Tracker App, researchers from King's College London and Harvard looked at data from 2,035,395 individuals and 99,795 front-line health-care workers in the United Kingdom and US.
Participant wellness was gauged at the outset of the study, with prompts on individual symptoms and whether or not they had been tested for COVID-19-and what the results were. We have seen high numbers of cases of Covid-19 in healthcare workers around the country, and it remains a prevalent threat to workers in the sector.
Healthcare workers who reused PPE were nearly 1.5 times more likely to have COVID-19, and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 without adequate PPE were nearly six times more likely to test positive, the researchers said.
The greatest healthcare worker COVID-19 risk was observed in those with confirmed COVID-19 without adequate PPE-at a almost six-fold greater rate than healthcare workers with adequate PPE who were not exposed to positive patients. But even frontline HCWs reporting adequate PPE but caring for patients with suspected infections were at excess risk (aHR, 2.39; 95% CI, 1.90 to 3.00), as were those caring for patients with documented COVID-19 (aHR, 4.83; 3.99 to 5.85).
The scientists found that minority healthcare workers were more likely to report the lack of proper PPE and mentioned that they were forced to reuse most of the time.
"The findings of our study have a tremendous impact on healthcare workers and hospitals".
'The health care organisations and frontline workers that are receiving this equipment are carrying out vital work to support their communities and those under their care, and we hope that it will enable them to work comfortably and safely'.
"Our study provides a more precise assessment of the magnitude of increased infection risk among healthcare workers compared to the general community".
A post-hoc analysis of the link between race and HCW status with risk of coronavirus infection showed that non-white HCWs were at higher risk (aHR, 1.81; 95% CI, 1.45 to 2.24) than their white counterparts.
The study's findings bring greater awareness to the importance of ensuring an equitable supply chain of PPE and of developing additional strategies to protect all frontline healthcare workers.
According to an Aljazeera report, over 3,000 health care workers are known to have died to the COVID-19 in Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. "Many countries, including the US, continue to face vexing shortages of PPE".
At the time of data collection, most healthcare facilities responding to greater rates of COVID-19 cases were also burdened with PPE shortages, investigators noted.
London, Aug 1 (IANS) Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of a positive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test, compared to the general population, said researchers.
Black, Asian, and other minority HCWs were also at elevated risk of infection (aHR, 21.88; 95% CI, 17.78 to 26.94) compared with their white peers (aHR, 12.58; 95% CI, 11.42 to 13.86).