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Effective control of SARS-CoV-2 transmission between healthcare workers during a period of diminished community prevalence of COVID-19.

  • Jones, Nick K
  • Rivett, Lucy
  • Sparkes, Dominic
  • Forrest, Sally
  • Sridhar, Sushmita
  • Young, Jamie
  • Pereira-Dias, Joana
  • Cormie, Claire
  • Gill, Harmeet
  • Reynolds, Nicola
  • Wantoch, Michelle
  • Routledge, Matthew
  • Warne, Ben
  • Levy, Jack
  • Córdova Jiménez, William David
  • Samad, Fathima Nisha Begum
  • McNicholas, Chris
  • Ferris, Mark
  • Gray, Jane
  • Gill, Michael
  • And 14 more
Publication Date
Jun 19, 2020
Apollo - University of Cambridge Repository
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Previously we showed that 31/1,032 (3%) asymptomatic healthcare workers (HCW) from a large teaching hospital in Cambridge UK tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in April 2020. 26/169 (15%) HCWs with symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) also tested positive (Rivett et al., 2020). Here we show that the proportion of both asymptomatic and symptomatic HCWs testing positive rapidly declined to near-zero between 25th April and 24th May 2020, corresponding with a decline in patient admissions with COVID-19 during the ongoing UK ‘lockdown’. These data demonstrate how infection prevention and control measures including staff testing may help prevent hospitals from becoming independent ‘hubs’ of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and illustrate how, with appropriate precautions, organisations in other sectors may be able to resume on-site work safely.

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