In this study from Turkey, researchers investigated the specific risk factors for COVID-19 transmission in healthcare workers (HCWs) in a tertiary care university hospital.
Of 703 HCWs tested for COVID-19 during a 60-day period, 50 (7.1%) were positive. Positivity rates were 6.3% for physicians, 8.0% for nurses, 9.1% for cleaning personnel, and 2.6% for other occupations.
The infection rate was 8.3% for HCWs who worked in COVID-19 units and 3.4% for those who did not work in COVID-19 units.
Statistically significant risk factors for infection included:
The researchers concluded that HCWs have a high risk for COVID-19 transmission while caring for patients, and transmission also may occur in nonmedical areas of the hospital while speaking or eating. They recommend periodic screening of HCWs for COVID-19.Read More >>