Certain Specialties are at Highest Risk for Contracting COVID-19

May 18, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 19, 2020

There is new data showing that of all resident physicians who worked within the greater New York City area between March and April, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology residents were at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19.

According to the study, risk levels for these three specialties were much higher than the rest. While anesthesiology and emergency medicine were expected, it was surprising that ophthalmology was included – at least at first glance. The nose and mouth are obvious exposure paths, but the virus can also spread through the eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommended ceasing most non-urgent care in the middle of March, but has since issued guidance on resuming elective surgeries.

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