Healthcare workers

COVID-19 cases among congregate care facility staff by neighbourhood of residence and social and structural determinants

A CITF-funded study published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance found that compared with other healthcare workers, COVID-19 cases among facility-staff in long term care homes, retirement homes and shelters more closely mirrored neighbourhood-level heterogeneity and social and structural disparities.

2022-10-17T16:15:17-04:00October 17, 2022|Healthcare workers|

Post-vaccine antibody levels reduce the risk of COVID-19, including from Omicron

A study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases by CITF-funded researchers Drs. Brian Grunau, David Goldfarb, and Agatha Jassem (University of British Columbia), and Sheila O’Brien and Steven Drews (both from Canadian Blood Services) shows that higher antibody levels against the original (wild-type) SARS-CoV-2 virus are associated with a significantly reduced risk of subsequent infections with SARS-CoV-2 variants, both preceding and during the Omicron era. The association, however, was weaker during the Omicron wave.

2022-10-17T10:16:38-04:00October 17, 2022|Healthcare workers|

Asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus is not so common in healthcare students

A CITF-funded study in preprint, currently under peer review, led by Dr. Anne Ellis (Queen’s University), suggests that despite a high risk of exposure because of their age and the fact that they were studying in healthcare settings, a very low number of healthcare students in Kingston, Ontario tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 during the first three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, even when counting those with no symptoms.

2022-09-26T16:33:22-04:00September 26, 2022|Healthcare workers|

Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 rare among Canadian healthcare workers during pre-Omicron days

In a paper published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, CITF-funded researcher Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh from the Université de Montréal and other members of the REinfection in COVID‐19 Estimation of Risk (RECOVER) project, studied Canadian healthcare workers (HCWs) who had a previously documented SARS-CoV-2 infection to better understand vulnerability to reinfection.

2022-05-13T15:34:04-04:00May 13, 2022|Healthcare workers|
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