J Med Virol. 2020 Sep 14. doi: 10.1002/jmv.26511. Online ahead of print.
Many health-care workers (HCWs) have been confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 in China. A retrospective, single-center study was conducted. The median age of the 132 HCWs with COVID-19 was 32 years, with 92 (69.7%) were females. There were 47 (35.6%) doctors, 72 (54.6%) nurses and 13 (9.9%) other HCWs. Ten of the 132 patients (7.6%) had underlying diseases. The most common symptoms of illness onset were fever (70, 53.0%), cough (66, 50.0%), and fatigue (58, 43.9%). All patients were categorized into mild or moderate COVID-19 type on admission to hospital, and five (3.8%) progress to the severe COVID-19 type. Sixty six HCWs patients were included in both early and later discharged group. In the logistic analysis, the later discharged patients had longer time for illness onset to hospital admission (per 1 day; OR: 1.10; 95% CI: 1.03-1.18; P=0.006), higher proportion of >3 onset symptoms clustering (OR: 3.11; 95% CI: 1.27-7.62; P=0.01) and higher percentage of other HCWs (OR: 6.20; 95% CI: 1.49-25.80; P=0.01). HCWs patients were young, female, nurse with less comorbidities, and most were mild or moderate COVID-19 type. The later discharged patients exhibited characteristics of longer time for illness onset to hospitalization and clustering of onset symptoms. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.