Nearly 6% of all hospital admissions with Covid-19 work in health care, and the majority in that group are nurses, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 4% of hospital staff died.
The Covid team, led by the CDC, examined the schedules of nearly 7,000 Covid-19 patients in the hospital between March 1 and May 31.
Most are women. A large percentage are black. These patients were younger than the typical Covid-19 patients. The median age of hospital care professionals was 49 years, compared to 62 across the country, the team reported in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Nearly 90% of health care professionals in hospitals with Covid-19 have at least one medical condition. The most common report, nearly 73%, is obesity.
In addition to efforts to prevent and control infections, CDC researchers say there is a need for prevention and management programs to help people control their infections. Obesity increases the risk of serious Covid-19 syndrome.
This research is consistent with previous studies. Research in China has also found that people in nursing-related occupations are the most common of the healthcare professions.
Nurses may be most at risk of being exposed to novel throat disease as they spend more time accumulating experience. The nurse has the closest and most frequent contact with the sick patient.