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Minnesota study: Home, community more risky for health care providers than patients with COVID-19.


October 30, 2020

David Joles – Star Tribune file

Health care workers monitored a COVID-19 patient in an ICU at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul on May 7, 2020.

Nurses and other bedside caregivers are far less likely to catch COVID-19 after risky exposures to patients, compared to interactions at home or in the community, new data show. And caregivers are twice as likely to be diagnosed with COVID after risky exposures to a co-worker in a break room, as compared to patient exposures.

Those are some key takeaways from an analysis of more than 5,000 higher-risk health care worker exposures between March and July in Minnesota, which was published Thursday.

The study also found that higher-risk exposures in congregate care settings, like nursing homes and group homes, remain riskier than hospitals, though the incidence and risk have each fallen since July.


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