Data collected from a smartphone app showed investigators that confirmed coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) was more than ten-fold reported among every 100,000 healthcare workers than the general population.
The US- and UK-based findings, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, showed that frontline healthcare workers were at a significantly greater risk of COVID-19 infection, particularly in the early stages of the virus outbreak in either country.
Investigators, led by senior author Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, of Massachusetts General Hospital, conducted an assessment of data from the COVID Symptom Study smartphone app, which requires users provide background information including their age, race, and medical history.
Study participants were also asked if they worked in healthcare and, if so, whether they directly contacted patients at their job. Healthcare workers were also