Most healthcare workers who caught Covid caught it at work, early

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first look at covid exposures among US health care workers, revealing most positive cases occurred early in the pandemic and at work. Other reports cover a PTSD bill, the impact of covid on the children of health workers, and more.

CIDRAP: Most healthcare workers infected with COVID were exposed at work at start of pandemic

In its first assessment of COVID-19 exposures among American healthcare professionals (HCPs) in the first year of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most HCPs were likely infected. at work rather than in the community. The study, published yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control, used national surveillance data on 83,775 healthcare workers with information on where they were likely infected with COVID-19 from March 1. 2020 to March 31, 2021. (4/14)

And more on how the pandemic has affected healthcare workers —

Oklahoman: Oklahoma Senator Julie Daniels under fire for not hearing PTSD bill

Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police chief cries foul after Senate Judiciary Committee chair refuses to hear bill that would have granted workers’ compensation benefits to first responders with post-stress disorder -traumatic. FOP President Mark Nelson said it was disappointing that Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, refused to hear Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City’s bill, which they are trying to adopt for six years. Daniels attributed the problem to a political disagreement. (Forman, 04/14)

Side effects Public media: the children of healthcare workers were at the forefront of the pandemic. It took a toll

Seven-year-old Phil Will still recognizes where the tape that divided his house into two sides was glued to the ground. The kitchen and the shelves where her mom stores board games were on one side, and the stairs to the basement were on the other side. This tape sat there for over four months before her parents snatched it away. It didn’t leave much of a footprint on the ground, but it did leave a big one on Phil’s sanity. In March 2020, when most people felt a knot in their stomach watching the news coverage of COVID-19, Phil had a front row seat to some of the most uncertain and scariest times of the pandemic, as his father is doctor at an Indianapolis hospital. (Yousry, 04/15)

KHN: It’s not just doctors and nurses. Veterinarians are also exhausted

At the park near Duboce Triangle in San Francisco, 5 p.m. is canine happy hour. About 40 dogs run, chase balls and wrestle, while their owners coo and 90s hip-hop blasts out of a portable speaker. One recent afternoon, a Chihuahua mix named Honey lay down on a bench wearing a blue tutu and pearl necklace. Her owner, Diana McAllister, gave her homemade treats in a zip-top bag and then put one in her own mouth. (Dembosky, 04/15)

In other news –

Houston Chronicle: America faces a severe shortage of home healthcare workers. New Houston co-op says it has a solution

A group of Houstonians have created one of Texas’ only co-ops for home care workers aimed at creating a self-sustaining community care network and providing higher wages amid a growing national shortage of home care providers . The new collaboration gives its care providers a minimum hourly wage of $15, a share of annual profits, and a say in business and budget decisions. Many graduates of the co-op’s five-week training sessions are single mothers who live in Houston’s Third and Fifth Wards, where they say there is a desperate need for better-paying jobs and opportunities. affordable, long-term care for the elderly. (Downen, 04/15)

Houston Chronicle: Frightened and exhausted Texas CPS workers get more shifts to watch adoptive children in unlicensed facilities

For more than a year, Texas CPS employees have been sounding the alarm over the state’s practice of housing dozens of adoptive children with acute needs in hotels and other temporary accommodations, supervised by workers social workers who are not trained to take care of them and cannot discipline them. The problem peaked last summer, with 416 adoptive children without permanent housing. Since then, the number has dropped dramatically – 184 children had no placements for the whole of March and 69 were awaiting placements at the start of this week. (Harris and McKinley, 4/15)

Modern healthcare: healthcare workers warn of the harms of consolidation

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have asked for comments as they rework their guidelines on horizontal and vertical mergers. Most speakers claimed that mergers and acquisitions involving hospitals, doctors, pharmacy benefit managers and insurers have raised prices, stifled wages and reduced the quality of care. “One thing we often hear from hospital executives trying to get their deal through is that the merger will be efficient, it will reduce costs and allow them to improve quality,” said the president of the FTC, Lina Kahn, after hearing comments from nurses, doctors, pharmacists and patients. “As many of you have told us, sometimes this cost reduction can come at the expense of quality of care.” (Kacik, 04/14)

KHN: Readers and tweeters are sounding the alarm over nurse’s homicide trial

KHN gives readers the opportunity to comment on a recent batch of stories. (4/15)

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