Beyond the assistance: additional exposure situations to COVID-19 for healthcare workers

Published:March 31, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.03.033
      Although many workers may be exposed to the novel coronavirus, healthcare workers (HCWs) have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their close contact with patients affected by SARS-CoV-2 [
      • Belingheri M.
      • Paladino M.E.
      • Riva M.A.
      COVID-19: health prevention and control in non-healthcare settings.
      ,
      • Koh D.
      Occupational risks for COVID-19.
      ]. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other authorities have recommended the adoption of adequate prevention and control measures for HCWs. WHO has recommended that HCWs should use proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as medical masks, gowns, gloves and eye protection [
      • World Health Organization
      Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
      ]. In some cases, such as in aerosol-generating procedures, WHO has recommended the use of FFP2 respirator masks [
      • World Health Organization
      Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
      ]. Strict compliance with these recommended measures and with good practice procedures for managing infectious diseases may minimize the risk of virus transmission from patients to HCWs.
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