Despite wearing adequate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, gowns, and face masks, healthcare workers still face a 3.4-times higher risk of contracting COVID-19 compared to the general population, according to a new study from King’s College London. And minority healthcare workers face an even greater threat.
African American, Latino and other minority care providers were five times more likely to contract Covid-19 than their White counterparts, the study found. “A little over 20 percent of front-line health-care workers reported at least one symptom associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with 14.4 percent of the general population; fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and hoarse voice were especially frequent,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers used the COVID Symptom Tracker app to study the data of more than 2 million people, including almost 100,000 frontline health care workers in the United States and the United Kingdom between March 24 and April 23.
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