Occupational COVID-19 exposures and secondary cases among healthcare personnel

Jessica Ibiebele*, Christina Silkaitis, Gina Dolgin, Maureen Bolon, JaneCullen, Teresa Zembower

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare personnel (HCP) have been at high risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, both from patients and co-workers. This paper summarizes occupational exposures to SARS-CoV-2 and secondary cases among HCP at a large health system. Key findings indicate that transmission of COVID-19 to HCP is low, especially with close adherence to PPE guidelines, but lapses in infection prevention practices, including dining together and omitting eye protection during patient care, especially at times when COVID-19 is circulating widely in the community increase the risk of exposure and subsequent transmission to HCP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1334-1336
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume49
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  • Exposure
  • Healthcare epidemiology
  • Infection control
  • Occupational health
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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