Healthcare workers and coronaviruses: burden and risk factors (research published before 27 March 2020)

Added July 25, 2020

Citation: Chou R, Dana T, Buckley DI, et al. Epidemiology of and risk factors for coronavirus infection in health care workers: a living rapid review. Annals of internal medicine. 2020 Jul 21:173(2):120-36.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare workers. Research on the epidemiology of and risk factors for coronavirus infection in healthcare workers might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this living rapid review, the authors searched for studies examining the burden of SARS-CoV-2, SARS- CoV-1, or MERS-CoV on healthcare workers and risk factors for infection. They did not restrict their searches by language of publication but restricted to articles published between 2003 and 27 March 2020. They included 43 studies on the burden of infections (15 on SARS-CoV-2) and 34 studies on risk factors (3 on SARS-CoV-2).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that healthcare workers experience significant burdens from coronavirus infections and may experience particularly high infection incidence after unprotected exposures.


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