COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure Sources Among Healthcare Professionals in a Southeastern Healthcare System Over Nine Months

Source avec lien : Journal of the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, 41(3).

Les bureaux de santé des employés et du travail doivent identifier avec précision les symptômes du COVID-19 chez les employés et recommander des tests et un statut de travail appropriés. Une étude rétrospective des dossiers a été réalisée pour examiner les symptômes du COVID-19 en relation avec les données démographiques des employés d’un système de santé du sud-est des Etats-Unis. Les symptômes des employés dont le test de dépistage du COVID-19 était négatif ont été comparés à ceux des employés dont le test était positif.

Employee and Occupational Health offices must accurately identify COVID-19 symptoms in employees and recommend appropriate testing and work status. A retrospective chart review was completed to examine COVID-19 symptoms in relation to demographics in healthcare employees at a southeastern healthcare system. Symptoms of employees who tested negative for COVID-19 were compared to those who were positive. Suspected exposure sources and COVID-19 test results were also explored in this study. There was a statistically significant difference in symptoms of body aches, congestion, cough, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath in the positive test result group compared to the negative test result group. Those with a reported loss of smell or taste were 9.26 times (p <.001, 95% Cl 6.49-13.5) more likely to have a positive test result. Likewise, females were more likely to report loss of smell (60%, n=515) than males (46%, n= 92). Symptoms of diarrhea and sore throat did not increase the odds of a positive test result. Employees reported suspected COVID-19 sources as 38% unknown, followed by 28% from friends and family, 23% from patients, and 13% from co-workers. As of May 28,2021, the healthcare system has experienced a vaccine breakthrough rate of only 0.002% (13 out of 5,317), which is reassuring. Consultez la page de l’article

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