Frontline Workers Wearing PPE Still at More than Three Times the Risk of COVID-19, Study Finds

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  • A new study from King's College London has revealed that frontline workers who wear PPEs are still three times more likely to contract the coronavirus
  • The study suggests that PPEs including gloves, gowns, and face masks do not completely protect from coronavirus infection
  • The risk also varies between racial groups: African Americans, Latinos, and other minority frontline workers were five times more likely to contract the infection than their White counterparts, the study showed
  • The researchers used the COVID Symptom Tracker App to study the data of more than 2 million people, including about 100,000 frontline workers in the US and the UK between March 24 and April 23
  • They found that the risk of infection was greater among frontline workers: there were 2,700 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 healthcare workers compared with 240 cases per 100,000 among the general population who don't routinely use PPE