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Healthcare workers of color nearly twice as likely to contract Covid-19 – study

Healthcare workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, more likely to report inadequate or reused protective gear and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School.

The study also showed that healthcare workers of color were five times more likely than the general public to test positive for Covid-19.

Dr Andrew Chan, a senior author and an epidemiologist at Massachusetts general hospital, said the study further highlights the problem of structural racism in the face of the pandemic.

“If you think to yourself, ‘Healthcare workers should be on equal footing in the workplace,’ our study really showed that’s definitely not the case,” said Chan, who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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