Most of the health care workers hospitalized with the coronavirus are nurses, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
The report found that nearly 6% of all patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were health care workers, with 36.3% of those patients being nurses. More than two-thirds, 67.4%, had direct patient contact and more than 4% of the health care workers who were hospitalized died.
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The CDC’s report included medical records from nearly 7,000 coronavirus patients who were in the hospital between March 1 and May 31.
Nearly 90% of health care workers who were hospitalized with the virus had at least one underlying medical condition, with the most common, 73%, being obesity.
According to the report, the median age of the hospitalized health care worker was 49, compared to 62 among the general population. Most health care workers in the hospital with COVID-19 were women, with a large proportion being Black.
Additionally, the report found that the median length of hospitalization among the providers with COVID-19 was four days and 27.5% of providers were admitted to the intensive care unit for a median of six days.
The CDC said the findings were comparable to those reported among health care providers with COVID-19 in China.
In the U.S., nursing-related occupations account for a large proportion of the health care workplace, and in 2019 registered nurses represented approximately one-third of health care providers.