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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been posing a public health threat since early 2020. Pandemic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has already caused more than 3.1 million infections and 224 000 deaths globally over a period of 4 months. The overwhelming number of individuals who are infected not only leads to widespread community lockdowns, but also paralyzes health care systems and puts health care workers (HCWs) at potential risk. Although cases of HCWs who are infected owing to community or nosocomial acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 have been receiving unparalleled attention in social media and are increasingly reported in many parts of the world, as of yet there have been few scientific reports specifically looking into this aspect. The studies by Kluytmans-van den Bergh et el1 and Lai et al2 report on SARS-CoV-2 infection rates of HCWs in 2 countries. Kluytmans-van den Bergh at el1 described a group of HCWs with predominantly community acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 in the Netherlands,1 whereas Lai et al2 presented another group of HCWs with predominantly nosocomial acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 in Wuhan, China, where cases of COVID-19 were first reported.
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Published: May 21, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.9687
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Cheng VC-C et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Vincent Chi-Chung Cheng, MD, Department of Microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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