Health Workers and Their Families Account for 1 in 6 Hospital COVID-19 Cases

November 4, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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

Last modified November 5, 2020

According to this article from Medscape, health care workers and their families account for one in six (17.2%) hospital admissions for COVID-19 in the working age population (18-65 years). Although hospital admission with COVID-19 in this age group was very low overall, the study found that the risk for health care workers and their families was higher compared with other working age adults.

The findings are based on Scottish workforce data for 158,445 health care, 229,905 household members and other members of the general population during the peak period for COVID-19 in Scotland (1 March 2020 to 6 June 2020). Patient-facing health care workers were three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for COVID-19, whereas members of their households were twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 than other working age adults. Those working in “front door” roles, such as paramedics and emergency department staff, were at the highest risk of hospital admission for COVID-19.

Among health care workers who were admitted, one in eight were admitted into critical care, and six (2.5%) died. In admitted household members, one in five were admitted to critical care and 18 (12.9%) died.

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