New CDC Data Reveals that One in Five Positive COVID-19 Cases are Health Care Workers

A total of 9,282 U.S. health care providers (HCPs) with confirmed COVID-19 had been reported to CDC. It is likely that this number is underreported and rising.

Emergency physicians are risking their lives on the frontlines against COVID-19. These numbers are particularly worrisome given the severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country. The CDC reports:

  • Of 9,282 U.S. COVID-19 cases reported among health care providers, median age was 42 years, and 73% were female.
  • Twenty-seven health-care providers have died from the disease caused by the virus, and the median age of those caretakers infected was 42 years old, the CDC found.
  • Health care professionals reported contact with COVID-19 patients in health care, household, and community settings. More than half (55 percent) believe they were exposed while at work.
  • Most were not hospitalized; however, severe outcomes, including death, were reported among all age groups.

To help lessen emergency HCP exposure to coronavirus the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its members are encouraging members of the public to stay home. Additionally, we have partnered with other health care organizations to promote and facilitate ways to safely get PPE to health care workers trough direct donations.

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