Frontline healthcare workers more likely to test COVID-19 po
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Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) have a three-fold increased risk of testing positive for coronavirus, compared to the general population, a study published in Lancet Public Health has found.

Using the Covid Symptom Tracker App, researchers looked at data from 2,035,395 individuals and 99,795 frontline health-care workers in the UK and US.

They found that the prevalence of Sars-CoV-2 was 2,747 cases per 100,000 frontline health-care workers compared with 242 cases per 100,000 people in the general community.

Healthcare workers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds were more likely to test positive.

Researchers say their findings highlight the importance of adequate availability and use of PPE, but also the need for additional strategies to protect healthcare workers.

These include ensuring correct application and removal of PPE and avoiding reuse, which was associated with increased risk.

Around 20% of frontline healthcare workers reported at least one symptom associated with the virus, compared with 14·4% of the general population. Fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and hoarse voice were especially frequent.

Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(20)30164-X/fulltext
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