COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among Healthcare Personnel

Kambhampati, et al. (2020) report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that from March 1 through May 31, 2020, healthcare personnel (HCP) accounted for approximately 6% of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 for whom HCP status was documented in COVID-NET. The median age of hospitalized HCP (49 years) was substantially lower than that previously reported for hospitalized adults (62 years). More than two thirds (67.4%) of HCP hospitalized with COVID-19 were generally expected to have direct patient contact, and over one third (36.3%) were in nursing-related occupations.

Similar to the proportion of underlying conditions among all hospitalized adults reported to COVID-NET during March through May, approximately 90% of hospitalized HCP reported at least one underlying condition, with obesity being the most common and reported for over two-thirds (72.5%) of patients.

A high proportion of hospitalized HCP had indications of severe disease: approximately one in four were admitted to an ICU, and approximately 4% died. The proportion of HCP with these severe clinical outcomes was similar to that of adults aged 18–64 years hospitalized with COVID-19 during March through May.

Reference: Kambhampati AK, et al. COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among Health Care Personnel — COVID-NET, 13 States, March 1–May 31, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 69. Oct. 26, 2020

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