Nurses & Their Families At Higher Risk for Covid-19 Infection
A series of new studies underscores the alarming toll that COVID-19 takes on frontline nurses and, ultimately, their families. The studies show that patient-facing nurses and their households have a three- and two-fold increased risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, respectively.
An important study in medRxiv, pending peer review, sought to determine how many patient-facing healthcare workers (e.g., nurses) in high-risk settings contracted and transmitted the novel coronavirus. Prior to this study, the risk was poorly understood. It concluded that frontline nurses had a three-fold risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, and their family members had a two-fold risk over the general population.
Data published by the National Institutes of Health shows that among U.S. healthcare personnel with COVID-19, nurses are disproportionately affected. They account for about 30% of cases, despite contributing only about 15% of the healthcare workforce. Another study, published in Lancet Public Health, shows that frontline healthcare nurses are at an increased risk for reporting a positive COVID-19 test, compared to the general public.
In concert with its Nurse Support Program, Exergen Corporation has launched a “Twice Daily” educational campaign, showing that checking temperature only in the morning is not sufficient to detect a fever, and that it must be taken twice a day. Due to circadian effects, up to half of all fevers are missed in the morning, but none are missed in the evening, making dinnertime ideal for a second daily scan.
Exergen has released an educational video to communicate why taking your temperature twice daily should be the new normal, just like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The company has also developed educational materials, which can be found, along with more than 80 peer-reviewed clinical studies that support Exergen’s accuracy, on Exergen’s website. For more information on the “Twice Daily” campaign, visit: https://www.exergen.com/twicedaily