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Lawmakers mull greater federal healthcare worker protections

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Photo by Maxim Tolchinskiy on Unsplash Lawmakers and government agencies are exploring greater protections for healthcare workers amid outcry over pandemic-related safety concerns that have persisted for a year.

During a House Education and Labor subcommittee hearing Thursday on strategies for protecting workers from COVID-19 infections, a registered nurse with National Nurses United urged greater federal protections for healthcare workers, first by recognizing aerosol transmission of COVID-19 and having the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue an emergency temporary standard.

“If these recommendations had been implemented one year ago, my colleague Celia, along with thousands of other healthcare workers, would be alive today,” Pascaline Muhindura, a registered nurse in the critical care unit at HCA’s Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, told lawmakers.

As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had counted more than 422,000 cases of COVID-19 among healthcare workers in the U.S and 1,397 deaths. That’s almost certainly an undercount, however, as that occupation information was only available in fraction of the data.

There’s still some uncertainty, though, about how at risk healthcare workers are to COVID-19 exposure at their jobs. A recent JAMA Network Open study found most healthcare workers who tested positive got the virus […]

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