Health care workers getting sicker from coronavirus than other patients

March 16, 2020


Hotez's words came following a weekend in which the American College of Emergency Physicians said two doctors suffering from the coronavirus were in critical condition: a Washington physician in his 40s and a 70-year-old in Patterson, New Jersey.

It wasn't certain whether the Washington doctor contracted the illness through work or community spread, but he complied with all relevant protocols, ACEP said. The New Jersey doctor, an emergency preparedness specialist, was admitted to a hospital with upper respiratory issues and was isolated in an intensive care unit as of Saturday, the ACEP said.

"I am deeply saddened by this news, but not surprised," ACEP president Dr. William Jaquis said. "As emergency physicians, we know the risks of our calling. We stand united with our colleagues."

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