APTs are invited to participate in a national survey
Coronavirus infection 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2), has resulted in a global health crisis which has challenged healthcare systems around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 3.2 million confirmed cases with over 227,000 deaths worldwide as of 2nd May 2020.
The incidence of COVID-19 in healthcare workers (HCWs) is thought to be higher than the general population due to exposure to higher viral loads from increased contact with infected individuals.
healthcareCOVID is a national, cohort, snapshot service evaluation project aimed at investigating the risk factors associated with exposure and consequent infection with COVID-19 in the HCW population of UK. The study cohort will encompass HCWs involved in primary and secondary care, including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. An online questionnaire will facilitate data collection directly from each HCW.
This questionnaire, which covers the period from 1st February 2020 to currently, will comprise basic demographic data, environmental exposure to COVID-19 and personal protective equipment (PPE) use.The results of this service evaluation will inform us of the prevalence and impact of COVID-19 on HCWs, establish a baseline covering the period from 1st Feb 2019 up until current day (signified by the end of the snapshot period), and provide better information and comparability for HCWs, institutions, and policy-makers.