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Relatively few staff sick with COVID-like sx?

CCRNCHPN CCRNCHPN (New) New Nurse Student

Specializes in ICU. Has 11 years experience.

Please forgive the naivete of my question. I am humbly seeking to understand why the majority of those in direct patient care aren't sick with COVID-19 considering inadequate PPE (surgical masks as opposed to N95s or PAPRs, unprecedented reuse of masks, etc.), all the unprotected and underprotected exposure in healthcare settings. I mourn the losses and struggles that have ensued, am thankful that many are able to carry on, but here outside of a hot zone, there still aren't any instances of COVID-19 among hospital HCWs caring for suspected and confirmed COVID inpatients. How are your colleagues faring?


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

NPR: April 13, 2020

At Least 9,000 U.S. Health Care Workers Sickened With COVID-19, CDC Data Shows


CDC: April 17,2020

Characteristics of Health Care Personnel with COVID-19 — United States, February 12–April 9, 2020



Of 9,282 U.S. COVID-19 cases reported among HCP, median age was 42 years, and 73% were female, reflecting these distributions among the HCP workforce. HCP patients reported contact with COVID-19 patients in health care, household, and community settings. Most HCP patients were not hospitalized; however, severe outcomes, including death, were reported among all age groups....

...Among HCP patients with data on health care, household, and community exposures, 780 (55%) reported contact with a COVID-19 patient only in health care settings....

...Among HCP patients with data available on age and health outcomes, 6,760 (90%) were not hospitalized, 723 (8%–10%) were hospitalized, 184 (2%–5%) were admitted to an ICU, and 27 (0.3%–0.6%) died (Table 2). Although only 6% of HCP patients were aged ≥65 years, 10 (37%) deaths occurred among persons in this age group....

Transmission of COVID-19 to Health Care Personnel ... - CDC