I woke up this morning with a chilling realization.
I am far more likely to get infected from my colleagues than a patient. When I go into a room, I don PPE and wash the skin off my hands after I get out, because I know I am possibly contaminated.
There I am, wandering around the hospital, not practicing social distancing (we hospitalists all share an office where we sit less than two feet away). Asymptomatic viral shedding will start at some point amongst us. I don't don PPE to go into the office. I don't don PPE to go into the hospital period.
I doubt there is any data on it, but I imagine healthcare workers are at least as likely to get it from an unwitting colleague than a patient.
What I am understanding is that there may be a dose dependent effect on mortality, which may be why so many healthcare workers got so sick in China, even without comorbidities.
I get an adrenaline rush every time I go to work. An unpleasant one.
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