Within 6 to 8 weeks of the COVID-19-outbreak, a small proportion of anesthesiologists and intensive care providers reported COVID-19 symptoms after a work-related exposure, and fewer had detectable COVID-19 antibodies, this study finds.
Of 105 anesthesiologists and intensive care providers at New York City’s Columbia University Irving Medical Center responding to a survey, 58% reported at least one work-related exposure, and 54% of the exposures were high risk. Of those exposed, 26.2% reported having COVID-19-like symptoms.
COVID-19 antibodies were detected in 12.1% of respondents, with no difference between respondents with or without a work-related exposure. Compared with antibody negative respondents, antibody positive respondents were more likely to use New York City subways to commute to work
COVID-19 antibodies appear to be associated with community/environmental transmission rather than secondary work-related exposure during high-risk procedures, the authors say.Read More >>