Why is Covid-19 more dangerous for doctors in India?
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A joint study by TISB Bengaluru and Fortis Hospital Mohali has found that there’s a disproportionately high fatality rate of Covid-19 among doctors in India, compared to the general population.

• Of 2,174 infections among doctors — as of September 10 — there were 382 deaths, giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 16.7%, which was almost 10 times higher than the 1.7 CFR among the general population.

• If one excluded resident doctors and house surgeons, CFR jumps to 36.4% — 22 times higher than that of the general population.

• Average age of doctors succumbing to the pandemic was 60.8 years — with maximum fatalities occurring in the 65-70 age group.

• High CFR among doctors could be due to:

~ lack of adequate PPE,
~ an inadequate technique of donning and doffing of PPE,
~ non-disclosure by patients of their exposure to possible Covid-19 infection,
~ excessive working hours of doctors, and
~ poor doctor-patient ratio

• The study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, however cautions that the number of infections among doctors could be underreported as “all the doctors are not tested”.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/coronabytes/msid-78473107,card-78473191.cms
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