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Wuhan's Experience in Fighting COVID-19: Achieving Zero Case of COVID-19 Infection among Healthcare Workers

Version 1 : Received: 26 April 2021 / Approved: 29 April 2021 / Online: 29 April 2021 (11:35:40 CEST)

How to cite: Wu, A.; li, L.; Tan, C.; Meng, X.; Ma, X.; Li, C. Wuhan's Experience in Fighting COVID-19: Achieving Zero Case of COVID-19 Infection among Healthcare Workers. Preprints 2021, 2021040774 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0774.v1). Wu, A.; li, L.; Tan, C.; Meng, X.; Ma, X.; Li, C. Wuhan's Experience in Fighting COVID-19: Achieving Zero Case of COVID-19 Infection among Healthcare Workers. Preprints 2021, 2021040774 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0774.v1).

Abstract

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of healthcare workers (HCWs) infected with COVID-19 have lost their lives worldwide. At the early stage of the epidemic, when COVID-19 was still not considered as a pandemic, a large number of Chinese HCWs were infected. Officials reported that more than 3,000 HCWs in Hubei contracted the virus at the early stage of the outbreak due to limited knowledge of the virus. Following reports of overloaded local hospitals, more than 42,000 medical staff, including those from the military, were dispatched to Hubei from across the country. At the peak of the fight, one in 10 intensive care medics in China were working in Wuhan. During fighting against COVID-19 in China, although a large number of HCWs were infected by SARS-CoV-2 in the early stages of the epidemic, the timely adoption of measures indicated that, a faster rate of diagnosis could be achieved, patients were isolated in-time, HCWs’ safety was prioritized, training on basic protective knowledge and unified management of HCWs was strengthened, and effective protective measures were implemented. This resulted in the accomplishment of zero SARS-CoV-2 infection among the 42,632 members of the national medical teams sent to Hubei, and the number of COVID-19 cases among HCWs in local hospitals also significantly decreased, thereby indicating that hospital-acquired infections of SARS-CoV-2 among HCWs are fully preventable.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; infection control; healthcare-associated infections; healthcare workers; SARS-CoV-2

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