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Study focuses on high COVID-19 risk in people with low-status jobs

Workplace infection risk and failing crisis information dissemination are both factors contributing to high incidence of COVID-19 among foreign-born workers in low-status occupations, a report from the University of Gothenburg’s Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows. Prevalence of COVID-19 is not only high among employees in the health and social care sectors. Overrepresentation is […]

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Study compares three types of state legislations aimed at ensuring adequate nurse staffing

Across the nation, states are grappling with alternative approaches to address the heightened problem of low nurse staffing in hospitals. A new national study finds that while legislation to mandate hospital nurse-to-patient staffing ratios is associated with a significant increase in nurse staffing, two other popular approaches – mandating public reporting of nurse staffing levels […]

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Healthcare-Associated Infections Spiked in 2020 in US Hospitals

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Several healthcare-associated infections in US hospitals spiked in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis published September 2 in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Soaring hospitalization rates, sicker patients who required […]

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Researchers study sick-leave patterns after Covid-19

Nearly 12,000 people in Sweden received sickness benefit from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency for COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic. The median duration of sick leave in this group was 35 days, but for many it was considerably more long-drawn-out, according to a University of Gothenburg study. A research group in rehabilitation […]