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Protecting Chinese Healthcare Workers While Combating the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Zhou P, Huang Z, Xiao Y, Huang X, Fan XG
Infection Control Centre, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, 410008, China.


Hospital-associated transmission is an important route of spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection and pneumonia (Corona Virus Disease 2019, COVID-19) [1]. Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at high risk while combating COVID-19 at the very frontline, and nosocomial outbreaks among HCWs are not unusual in similar settings; the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak led to over 966 HCW infections with 1.4% deaths in mainland China [2]. As of 11 February 2020, 3019 HCWs might have been infected with 2019-nCov in China, 1716 HCW cases were confirmed by nucleic acid testing[3], and at least 6 HCWs died, including the famous whistleblower Dr Li Wenliang. In view of this severe situation, we are recommending urgent interventions to help to protect HCWs.

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  • Journal: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
  • Published: 05/03/2020
  • Volume: 41
  • Issue: 6
  • Pagination: 745-746