High-risk COVID contact puts health workers, patients, families at risk | CIDRAP

Two new studies highlight the COVID-19 infection risks facing healthcare workers (HCWs) and their patients and families, the first study showing that more than 5,300 Minnesota HCWs had had high-risk contact with an infected person without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) by July, and the other finding that while overall risks to HCWs are low, those who provide patient care are much more susceptible. Of high-exposure-risk HCWs in the first study, 7% tested positive, but HCWs exposed to infected household or social contacts had a 13% positivity rate. Family, friends pose highest risk of infection The first study, published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that, by Jul 11, 5,374 Minnesota HCWs had had high-risk prolonged close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 while not wearing appropriate PPE, and one third of those exposures occurred outside of patient care settings.

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