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COVID-19’s impact on Hawaiʻi healthcare workers highlighted


Hawaiʻi healthcare workers surveyed in 2020 were primarily concerned about contracting COVID-19 at work and transmitting it to their families, according to a recently published University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa public health study . The survey was conducted between July and October 2020 by Anna D. Davide and Amelia R. Arechy , who earned their bachelor’s of arts degrees in public health in December 2020 and May 2021, respectively.

“As essential workers on the front lines of a pandemic, healthcare workers are unable to shelter-in-place, and to treat patients, often cannot obey physical distancing guidelines, making them highly exposed and vulnerable to infection,” said Davide.

According to national statistics , 93% of health care workers were experiencing stress in 2020, and 76% of healthcare workers with children reported that they were worried about exposing their families to COVID-19.

Davide added, “Despite this, we did not know about the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and emotional health of Hawaiʻi healthcare workers, or how healthcare workers in Hawaiʻi may have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently than those in less isolated geographic regions—this study worked to change that.”

The study also highlighted several findings of how the pandemic has affected the local healthcare community: Solo […]

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