A disturbing new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nurses are particularly affected by COVID-19. The report was released earlier this week and analyzed data on 6,760 hospitalizations in 13 states between March and May.
The researchers found that during this time, 6% of adults infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) were healthcare workers. Among these people, 36% are engaged in nursing-related occupations. Among the hospitalized medical staff, about 28% entered the intensive care unit, 16% required mechanical ventilation, and 4% died in the hospital.
The report concluded that health care professionals “may have severe COVID-1
This is not only something the CDC noticed: Dr. Martin J. Blaser, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University, told Yahoo Life that the research he conducted also concluded that “nurses have been affected by the extraordinary virus. “
What happened here? The co-author of the report, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an infectious disease expert, told Yahoo Life that some factors may be at work. He said a major factor is that the data was collected “relatively early” in the pandemic. Schaffner said: “Personal protective equipment is not always available, and safety training is not the best option.”
Dr. Richard Watkins, an infectious disease physician in Akron, Ohio, and a professor of medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, is also important to the patient’s face-to-face time. He said that nurses “spend the most time on patients.”
Why is it so important? Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Health and Safety Center, told Yahoo Life. He added: “The higher the virus inoculum, the more likely a serious illness will occur.”
But Schaffner warned not to think that the nurse was infected with an infection at work. He said: “It is not yet clear where these infections originated.” “A large part of these infections are probably acquired in the community.”
Obesity may also play a role in hospitalized medical staff: The report found that 73% of hospitalized medical staff suffer from obesity. Schaffner said: “Obesity is another epidemic in the American population, and healthcare workers are no exception.” Obesity “is an absolute risk factor for serious diseases and may play an important role,” Adalja said.
There are also racial differences among inpatients: 52% of inpatients are black. Research has found that many people from ethnic and ethnic minorities are at increased risk of death from COVID-19.
Schaffner said that although the reported findings are disturbing, he expects the number of hospitalized medical workers (including nurses) to decrease over time. He said: “I think that today, and of course all major hospitals, medical staff are well protected.” “The current risk to medical staff is very low.”
However, Adalia said the hospital system still needs to do its part to protect employees. He said: “The hospital can ensure that nurses have sufficient personal protective equipment and have received well-trained training on how to put on and take off safely.”
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