While many of us have been able to ride out this pandemic from the safety of our homes, the world’s healthcare and hospital workers continue to selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to treat patients and save lives. All of these professionals, from cleaning staff to physicians, are at risk of contracting COVID-19 each time they walk through their hospital’s doors.
Due to COVID-19’s tendency to manifest itself asymptomatically in many carriers, it’s proven nearly impossible to track all the healthcare workers who have become infected with the coronavirus. In all likelihood, though, that number is very high. For example, a recent study out of Cambridge University in the UK estimates that up to 3% of NHS staff are working in hospitals right now while unknowingly contagious.
In the US, that percentage could be even higher. To try and get an idea of just how quickly COVID-19 (both asymptomatic and