May 26, 2020 / By Erika Edwards
More than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers on the front lines of the U.S.’s COVID-19 crisis have been infected, and at least 291 have died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
The last time the CDC reported on infections among health care personnel was about six weeks ago, on April 17. At that time, just 9,282 cases of COVID-19 had been documented in the profession.
In the April analysis, the median age of sick workers was 42. Nearly three-quarters were women. Those statistics were not made available in the new report.
The true numbers of affected health care workers may be much higher than the 62,344 tallied in the new report. The CDC based its analysis on 1.3 million people; however, less than a quarter divulged whether they worked in the health care industry.