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Study pinpoints factors tied to COVID deaths in healthcare workers

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Healthcare workers who are minority, male or older have a higher rate of death from COVID-19 than their worker peers and non-healthcare workers, a new study finds. What’s more, mortality risk is tied to certain clinical indicators, investigators say.

The researchers compared COVID-19 deaths in healthcare workers with three control groups: workers who did not die, non-workers who died and non-workers who did not die. Patient data were obtained from Jan. 1, 2020 to Oct. 12, 2021, from across the United States.

Workers who were aged 50 years or older, male, Black or Asian experienced significantly more deaths than the matched controls. The finding mirrors those of several studies on the general population, reported Shao Lin, MD, PhD, of the University of Albany in New York and colleagues.

Healthcare workers were more likely to have pre-existing medical conditions, shortness of breath, fever, cough and gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, the researchers also found. Pre-existing chronic conditions were the most important predictor of COVID-19 deaths, they reported.

Worker deaths peaked once

Although COVID-19 deaths in the general population saw three distinct peaks, deaths among healthcare workers only peaked during the first surge. They then fell after April 2020 and remained low, Lin and […]

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