According to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 9,300 healthcare workers in the United States have contracted COVID-19, and approximately 55% believe they were exposed at work.
Of these cases, 90% did not require hospitalization, and approximately 8% were asymptomatic when they tested positive. Nearly a third had some underlying health condition.
Twenty-seven of the 9,300 cases have died, and more than a third of deaths occurred in workers who were over 65 years old.
"The increased prevalence of severe outcomes in older [health care providers] should be considered when mobilizing retired [health care providers] to increase surge capacity," the authors of the report stated.
Furthermore, the CDC indicated that this data is likely an underestimate, as 84% of people in the overall dataset did not indicate whether they were a healthcare worker.
The authors also highlighted the continued need for practitioners to wear proper personal protective equipment when treating patients, including gowns, N95 respirators when available, eye protection, and gloves.