Healthcare workers

Cohort profiling of Canadian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

A CITF-funded study, published in preprint and not yet peer-reviewed, reported on the establishment of a longitudinal cohort of health care workers (HCWs) employed in hospitals, residential institutions, and the community. Researchers used the cohort to examine factors in the workplace that might serve to mitigate risk of either SARS-CoV-2 infection or mental distress related to work demands, availability of personal protective equipment, vaccination, and infection during the pandemic.

2023-04-28T11:57:54-04:00April 28, 2023|Healthcare workers|

Unvaccinated healthcare workers in contact with infected patients have increased risk of COVID-19

A CITF-funded study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine looked at the risk of infection among healthcare workers (HCW). It found that unvaccinated HCW who came into direct contact with patients with COVID-19 on a ward designated for care of infected patients, or who handled objects used by infected patients were at elevated risk.

2023-02-20T15:12:44-05:00February 20, 2023|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|
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