Healthcare professionals' exposure to COVID-19 most often comes from dissemination in society, not their professional activities, according to a study conducted by Emory University on Thursday.
Researchers from Emory in Atlanta, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Rush University in Chicago and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed the antibodies of more than 24,000 healthcare professionals in four major healthcare systems between April and August 2020. Participants also answered questionnaires about their occupational activities and possible exposures to coronavirus both inside and outside the workplace.
The researchers found that community exposure was most strongly associated with positive antibody tests in healthcare professionals, and that care of coronavirus patients was not significantly associated with positive antibodies. [1
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