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Healthcare workers and protection against inhalable SARS-CoV-2 aerosols

Posted by Ann Caluori | Thu, 18/03/2021 - 11:35


An editorial published this morning in the SOM’s journal Occupational Medicine summarises briefly a range of evidence which outlines how a) underestimating the risk of aerosol transmission of virus; and b) inadequate supplies of filtering facepiece respirators left many healthcare workers inadequately protected against inhaling aerosols containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.


The authors argue for upgrading respiratory protective equipment for all healthcare workers; and for government agencies and employers to learn lessons so that healthcare workers are better protected against this and future pandemics.


Read the editorial here.