Information regarding the risks to and strategies to protect the health workforce from COVID-19.
(05/20/20) How Health Care Workers Can Take Care of Themselves
An article from the Harvard Business Review discussing how emotional intelligence can be used to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care providers and offering some suggestions for improving health outcomes for these providers.
(05/18/20) How Coronavirus Could Forever Change Home Health Care, Leaving Vulnerable Older Adults Without Care and Overburdening Caregivers
An article by Maghuri Reddy, instructor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and researchers at the University of Toronto describing the impact of COVID-19 on the home health care industry, including the risks to home health workforce and the restriction of available funding for home health care services.
(05/16/20) ‘I Can’t Turn My Brain Off’: PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers
An article describing the rise in mental health issues for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the options available to these professionals help prevent burnout and mental health crises.
(05/15/20) COVID-19 Worsening Mental Health of 59% of Healthcare Industry Workers: KPMG Survey
A survey from KPMG of workers in the health care industry found evidence of worsening mental health relating to the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the general workforce. The survey also found that health care workers feel their engagement in teamwork, quality of work, and productivity have improved.
(05/05/20) Epidemiology of and Risk Factors for Coronavirus Infection in Health Care Workers
This epidemiological review article, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, examines the burden of COVID-19 on the health care workforce, as well as the risk factors related to infection. Use of personal protective equipment and infection control training were found to be most effective at preventing infection.
(04/30/20) Health Care Worker Suicides Hint At COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis To Come
An article from Wendy Dean, president of Moral Injury of Healthcare, describing the risks and strategies for addressing mental health in health care workers both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
(04/29/20) Mechanical Thrombectomy In The Era Of The COVID-19 Pandemic: Emergency Preparedness For Neuroscience Teams
A research article published in Stroke outlining effective procedures for emergency preparedness for neuroscience health care workers. The procedures outlined are meant to protect the workforce themselves, as well as their patients and families and prevent staffing shortages and compromised treatment capabilities.
(04/23/20) COVID-19 And Workers At Risk: Examining The Long-Term Care Workforce
This brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the risk of COVID-19 to the long-term care workforce, which includes the workforce of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health providers. Findings suggest that demographics and wage differences may exacerbate issues with infection.
(04/23/20) Supporting Primary Care in Crisis: A Roadmap For a Payer-backed COVID-19 Stimulus Package
A blog post discussing the issues related to current crisis funding for health care facilities and some potential solutions to ensure health care providers do not end up shuttering their clinics.
(04/18/20) As Some States Consider Reopening, ADA Offers PPE Guidance to Dentists
Guidance from the American Dental Association on how to address reopening of clinics to more than just urgent and emergency care, specifically focusing on conserving and effectively using PPE.
(04/17/20) Medical Students Called to the COVID-19 Fight Need Support, Protection
An opinion piece discussing the potential risks for medical students now entering the health workforce to aid in response to COVID-19. The article also addresses some concerns about the impact of COVID-19 volunteering from medical students on their education.
(04/15/20) At Least 9,000 U.S. Health Care Workers Sickened With COVID-19, CDC Data Shows
An article reviewing preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighting the high rate of infection among the health workforce. The article finds that a third of the health care workers that died of COVID-19 were over 65 years old, and 55% of workers believe they were exposed at work support staff hospital workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.
(04/15/20) The Other Hospital Workers On the Front Lines of the Pandemic
An article that calls for protecting support staff hospital workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.
(04/15/20) An Age/Old Dilemma? Pulling Senior Cardiologists From the Front During COVID-19
An article about how some hospitals are asking senior cardiologists to work from home during the pandemic.
(04/15/20) True Toll Of COVID-19 On U.S. Health Care Workers Unknown
An article that states that health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus are likely far higher than the reported number of 9,200.
(04/14/20) Home Health Care Workers at Tipping Point Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
An article discussing the issues facing home health workers including lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and increased demand for home health services as individuals are avoiding hospital and nursing home treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak. The article also discusses increased use of telehealth from the home and calls for industrial reform to the home care industry.
(03/31/20) How Many Health Care Workers Are at Risk of Being Sacrificed to COVID-19 in the US?
A blog that estimates how many health care workers are at risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and dying from the disease. The article also examines which healthcare settings and occupations might experience the greatest loss.
(03/30/20) Older Clinicians and the Surge in Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This article outlines the risks to older clinicians who are already answering and will continue to answer the call to help deal with the surge of COVID-19 patients. The authors also show some of the regional differences in age for clinicians, important for regional planning for response.
(03/27/20) Epidemiology of COVID-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington
A research article describing the epidemiology of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility in Washington State. This article describes how the virus spread throughout the facility and what steps can be taken to keep the long-term care workforce, patients, and facilities safe.
(03/24/20) COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 4 – Health System Capacity: Protecting Frontline Health Workers
This webinar from Alliance for Health Policy explores challenges to protect health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 response. Topics discussed include health system capacity and protection of providers, such as increasing the availability of telemedicine.