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WHO Europa würdigt Gesundheitspersonal

Kopenhagen – Das Europabüro der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO hat die Arbeit von Krankenschwestern, Ärzten und weiteren Mitarbeitern des Gesundheitssektors im Coronakampf gewürdigt.

„Wie in jeder Katastrophe haben wir Opfer und Helden“, sagte WHO-Regionaldirektor Hans Kluge heute zum Auftakt der diesjährigen Hauptversammlung der in Kopenhagen ansässigen WHO Europa. (aerzteblatt.de, 14.09.2020)


Fear and avoidance of healthcare workers: An important, under-recognized form of stigmatization during the COVID-19 pandemic

Taylor S, Landry CA, Rachor GS, Paluszek MM, Asmundson GJG. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 19, J Anxiety Disord. 2020;75:102289. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102289


Low risk of COVID-19 among patients exposed to infected healthcare workers

Meghan A Baker, MD, ScD, Karen Fiumara, PharmD, Chanu Rhee, MD, MPH, Sarah A Williams, MPH, Robert Tucker, MPH, Paige Wickner, MD, MPH, Andrew Resnick, MD, MBA, Michael Klompas, MD, MPH, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, 

Clinical Infectious Diseases, , ciaa1269, doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1269


Global: Amnesty analysis reveals over 7,000 health workers have died from COVID-19

New analysis by Amnesty International has found that at least 7,000 health workers have died around the world after contracting COVID-19. At least 1,320 health workers are confirmed to have died in Mexico alone, the highest known figure for any country. (Amnesty International, 03.09.2020)


COVID-19 exacerbates violence against health workers

Devi, Sharmila

The Lancet, Volume 396, Issue 10252, 658 


Gesundheitspersonal: Täglich bis zu 30 Neuinfektionen

Berlin – Mehr als 15.000 Mitarbeiter des Gesundheitswesens in Deutschland sind bis­lang mit SARS-CoV-2 infiziert gewesen. Das hat das Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) am vergange­nen Wochenende in den täglichen Situationsberichten gemeldet. Die Mehrheit der Infi­zier­ten sei Schätzungen zufolge inzwischen wieder genesen. (aerzteblatt.de, 31.08.2020)


COVID-19: Ausbrüche in Krankenhäusern gefährlicher als in Praxen

Berlin – Bei einem SARS-CoV-2-Ausbruch in einem Krankenhaus infizieren sich im Schnitt mehr Menschen als bei einem Ausbruch in einer ambulanten Praxis. Das geht aus Daten hervor, die das Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI) am vergangenen Freitag erstmals veröffentlichte. (aerzteblatt.de, 24.08.2020)


COVID-19: Berufs- und branchenbezogenes Erkrankungsrisiko

Köln – Beschäftigte im Gesundheits- und Pflegedienst sind im Vergleich zur Allgemein­bevölkerung einem wesentlich höheren Risiko für eine Infektion mit SARS-CoV-2 ausge­setzt. Bei ihnen kann COVID-19 („coronavirus disease 2019) als Berufskrankheit (BK) an­erkannt werden. (aerzteblatt.de, 04.09.2020)


Nepal. Nepal health workers battle Covid-19, but also stigma - It is not just the virus that is spreading in the community, so is fear of frontline workers. 

Nepal reported the first death of a medical worker from Covid-19 last week, a 35-year-old health assistant in Mahottari district. Across the country, over 500 healthcare providers including doctors, nurses and lab technicians have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. (Nepali Times, 02.09.2020)


Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Frontline Health Care Personnel in a Multistate Hospital Network — 13 Academic Medical Centers, April–June 2020. 

Self WH, Tenforde MW, Stubblefield WB, et al. 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 31 August 2020. DOI:doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6935e2


USA. They Cared for Some of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities. Then 12 Died.

…a nonprofit network of health care providers in New York called SOMOS that has been devastated during the pandemic. Founded with the aim of providing “culturally competent care” to low-income New Yorkers, most of its 2,500 physicians and nurses are immigrants, like their patients. They come from Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic and Egypt, among other places. In the early months of the pandemic, SOMOS reported that 12 of its physicians and nurse practitioners had died of COVID-19.

“Our patients are the ones who wash dishes, prepare food, ride buses, drive taxis,” said Dr. Ramon Tallaj, SOMOS’ chairman and co-founder. “And we’re risking our lives for our patients.” (Kaiser Health News, USA, 27.08.2020)


Remembering Thousands of the World's Healthcare Workers Lost to COVID

Just as the global death toll from COVID-19 climbs to staggering new highs, so grows the number of those lost on the front lines trying to help those infected.

Medscape has been compiling a list in memoriam of fallen healthcare workers worldwide with information from friends, colleagues, and families who have shared details about those who have died in the service of patients infected.

As of August 18, the list, while incomplete, included 2012 names, 386 from the United States. The youngest is 21, the eldest, 99.

The list includes workers from 74 countries. The healthcare workers are among the more than 776,000 people worldwide who had died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 tracker.

The names are those of physicians, nurses, first responders, therapists, pharmacists, medical examiners, technicians, staff, and practitioners of all kinds. (MedScape, USA, 21.08.2020)


A new global study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of healthcare workers: The HEROES study

(...) The COVID-19 Health Care Workers (HEROES) Study is an international collaboration of more than 20 countries across five continents, established to provide insights into the short- and medium-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers in different countries, with different resources and strategies to address surges in illness. (University of New South Wales, USA, August 2020)


USA. “Oh my goodness, this is one of us.” - In the Covid-19 death of a hospital food worker, a microcosm of the pandemic

Physician Luis Lobon recognized his colleague, hospital worker Marie Deus, when he treated her for COVID-19. She was the first employee to die of the disease at the hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where she worked. The moving story of her life and death weaves together how racial inequality and job insecurity contribute to the risk for many front-line workers. (Stat, 30.06.2020)


USA. Lost On The Frontline: Many People of Color, Immigrants Among Over 1,000 US Health Workers Lost to COVID

More than 1,000 front-line health care workers reportedly have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, an ongoing investigation by The Guardian and KHN to track and memorialize every U.S. health care worker who dies from the coronavirus. Earlier this month, the organizations published a major interactive database. It is the most comprehensive accounting of U.S. health care workers’ deaths in the country.

The virus has taken a disproportionate toll on communities of color and immigrants — and health workers haven’t been spared. (KHN – Kaiser Health News, USA, 26.08.2020)


Risk factors for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare workers during April 2020 in a UK hospital testing programme

Leeds, John S et al.

EClinicalMedicine, Volume 0, Issue 0, 100513 


Top 20 on Face Masks

Almost all organizations recommend masks for the general public. Unfortunately, earlier in the pandemic, many did exactly the opposite – due to limited data but also due to concerns about diminished mask supply for healthcare workers and out of fear that masked individuals might be tempted to ignore rules of social distancing. In addition, conflicting national guidelines have led to variable public compliance. A few physicians, in line with some COVidiots, still argue against face masks. Even in late April, for example, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, a radiologist (!) and chairperson of the “World Medical Association”, declared with superb ignorance that masks were nonsense. Sadly, he attracted less attention when he later declared that his statement was a mistake (and it was a gruesome mistake); doubts are always difficult to dispel once they are raised.

Do you need some arguments to convince your patients to wear a face mask? Here we present the Top 20 studies on their effectiveness and/or efficacy.

Christian Hoffmann & Bernd S. Kamps, The Covid Textbook, 24.08.2020


Das Risiko einer Übertragung von SARS-CoV-2 in Innenräumen lässt sich durch geeignete Lüftungsmaßnahmen reduzieren - Stellungnahme der Kommission Innenraumlufthygiene am Umweltbundesamt

Umweltbundesamt, 12.08.2020


KV Nordrhein mahnt kostenfreie Tests für medizinisches Personal an

Düsseldorf – Systematische, präventive und kostenlose Tests auf SARS-CoV-2 sind für Ärzte, das Personal in Praxen und Kliniken und in Pflegeeinrichtungen notwendig. Dafür hat sich die Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (KV) Nordrhein heute ausgesprochen. Vordringlich seien die Tests für alle, die an Corona erkrankte Patienten testen und versorgen würden. (aerzteblatt.de, 20.08.2020)


Subjective burden and perspectives of German healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kramer, V., Papazova, I., Thoma, A. et al.

Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2020). doi.org/10.1007/s00406-020-01183-2


Covid-19: Deutschlandweite Studie zur psychischen Belastung im Gesundheitswesen – Pflegekräfte besonders betroffen

Welche Auswirkungen die Covid-19-Pandemie auf die psychische Gesundheit von Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen hat, zeigt die erste deutschlandweite Studie der Augsburger Universitätsmedizin. Trotz hoher psychischer Belastung – gerade beim Pflegepersonal – gibt es Zufriedenheit mit den Eindämmungsmaßnahmen, die von Krankenhäusern und dem Staat ergriffen wurden. Die Ergebnisse sind nun im Fachjournal European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience veröffentlicht (Open Access). (Universität Augsburg, 20.08.2020)


SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Community Health Workers in India Before and After Use of Face Shields

Bhaskar ME, Arun S. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 17


Monitoring approaches for health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bielicki, Julia A et al.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 0, Issue 0


Neue SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzregeln erschienen

Berlin – Das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) hat eine neue Arbeits­schutzrichtlinie gegen Infektionen mit SARS-CoV-2 zur Veröffentlichung freigegeben. Sie konkretisiert die gesetzlichen Anforderungen an den Arbeitsschutz. Darauf weist die Bun­desanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA) hin. Sie hat die Arbeit an der Richtlinie koordiniert. (aerzteblatt.de, 11.08.2020)

Neue SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzregeln erschienen

Risk of COVID-19 in health-care workers in Denmark: an observational cohort study 

Iversen K, Bundgaard H, Hasselbalch RB, et al. 

[published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 3]. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020;S1473-3099(20)30589-2. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30589-2

Risk of COVID-19 in health-care workers in Denmark: an observational cohort study

USA. New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.

Many Were Unable to Access Adequate Personal Protective Equipment, and People of Color Account for a Disproportionate Share of Deaths Among Those Profiled So Far. (KHN – Kaiser Health News, USA, 11.08.2020)

USA. New Interactive Database by KFF’s Kaiser Health News and Guardian US Reveals More Than 900 Health Care Workers Have Died in the Fight Against COVID-19 in the U.S.

USA. Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19

(…) While COVID-19 takes a far deadlier toll on elderly people than on young adults, an investigation of front-line health care worker deaths by the Guardian and KHN has uncovered numerous instances when staff members under age 30 were exposed on the job and also succumbed. (KHN – Kaiser Health Network, USA, 13.08.2020)

USA. Dying Young: The Health Care Workers in Their 20s Killed by COVID-19

COVID-19: Zehn Prozent der Fälle sind Ärzte und Pflegekräfte

Genf – Weltweit sind bislang mehr als 1,3 Millionen Ärzte und Pflegekräfte laut Weltge­sundheitsorganisation (WHO) am Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 erkrankt.

Beschäftigte im Gesundheitssektor machen damit bisher etwa zehn Prozent aller weltweiten COVID-19-Fälle aus, sagte WHO-Chef Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus am vergangenen Freitag in Genf. (aerzteblatt.de, 20.07.2020)

COVID-19: Zehn Prozent der Fälle sind Ärzte und Pflegekräfte

USA. Weiße Schuhe vor dem Kapitol als Erinnerung an Krankenpflegekräfte

Washington – Mit 164 Paaren weißer Schuhe vor dem Kapitol in Washington ist Kranken­pflegekräften gedacht worden, die in den USA an der Infektion mit SARS-CoV-2 gestorben sind. Die Schuhe wurden heute von der Berufsvereinigung National Nurses United (NNU) auf eine Rasenfläche vor dem Sitz des Kongresses gestellt. Jedes Paar Schuhe symboli­siert einen Coronatodesfall. (aerzteblatt.de, 22.07.2020)

USA. Weiße Schuhe vor dem Kapitol als Erinnerung an Krankenpflegekräfte

Mehr als 10.000 Gesundheitsfachkräfte in Afrika infiziert

Brazzaville – Mehr als 10.000 Mitarbeiter afrikanischer Gesundheitssysteme aus 40 Län­dern sind mittlerweile mit SARS-CoV-2 infiziert. Das meldete gestern das Regionalbüro der Welt­gesundheitsorganisation (WHO) für Afrika mit Sitz in der kongolesischen Hauptstadt Brazzaville. (aerzteblatt.de, 24.07.2020)

Mehr als 10.000 Gesundheitsfachkräfte in Afrika infiziert