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Nursing issues
Patient-facing healthcare workers and their families have a higher risk of hospital admission with COVID-19 than the general population
  1. Kishore Karri1,
  2. Pradeep Yarra2
  1. 1 Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pradeep Yarra, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA; pya227{at}

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Commentary on: Shah ASV, Wood R, Gribben C, et al. Risk of hospital admission with coronavirus disease 2019 in healthcare workers and their households: nationwide linkage cohort study. BMJ. 2020;371:m3582. Published 2020 Oct 28. doi:10.1136/bmj.m3582

Implications for practice and research

  • Organisations should develop policies such as redeployment and equitable work distribution for healthcare workers (HCW) based on risk exposure to COVID-19.

  • Future research should focus on defining the risk for HCW based on degree of exposure.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of identifying the risk of infection in healthcare workers (HCW) and their families.1 Estimating the relative risk of these populations is important for formulating public health measures, maintaining a functioning healthcare system and controlling rates of secondary transmission in the community.2 Previous studies have not given a clear idea of the extent of risks due to small sample sizes, selection bias and recording of disease.1 In this study, Shah et al …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.