Nearly 6% of all hospitalized patients with Covid-19 in the healthcare sector, and most of that group, were nurses, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 4% of hospitalized healthcare workers died.
The CDC-led Covid research team reviewed the charts of nearly 7,000 Covid-19 patients who were in hospital between March 1 and May 31.
Most of them were women. A large part were black. These patients were much younger than the general Covid-19 patient population. The median age of hospitalized healthcare professionals was 49 years, compared to 62 years across the country, the team reported in the CDC’s weekly report on morbidity and mortality.
Nearly 90% of hospitalized healthcare professionals with Covid-19 had at least one underlying medical condition. The most common reported obesity was almost 73%.
In addition to efforts to prevent and control infection, the CDC researchers said prevention and management programs are needed to help people manage their weight. Being overweight increases the risk of severe Covid 19 disease significantly.
This research is in line with previous studies. Research in China also found that people in the nursing professions make up the majority of cases in the healthcare sector.
Nurses may be most at risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus because they have increased the cumulative exposure time. Nurses have the closest and most frequent contact with sick patients.