Mitigating Staff Shortages: Risk of Permitting Healthcare Workers to Return to Work after COVID-19 Exposure

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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 19:1-9. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.121. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Critical staffing shortages have compelled hospitals to allow healthcare workers (HCWs) with low-risk COVID-19 exposures to continue to work. We performed SARS-CoV-2 PCR surveillance of asymptomatic HCWs allowed to work with masks after a low-risk COVID-19 exposure. A total of 66 HCWs participated and 5 (7.6%) were found to be PCR positive. Asymptomatic HCWs with low-risk exposures may represent a significant transmission risk.

PMID:33736733 | DOI:10.1017/ice.2021.121

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