Aussie doctors more likely to contract virus out of work

COVID-19 testing of Victorian hospital staff shows most of those who were positive did not pick it up at work

Most of the healthcare workers who develop COVID-19 at a large Australian hospital contracted the infection away from work, a study shows.

Infectious diseases specialist Dr Stephen Muhi has described how a clinic was set up four weeks ago to screen staff from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and other neighbouring hospitals.

Staff who had developed a fever or respiratory symptoms were assessed in the clinic, while some also visited a public clinic, Dr Muhi and colleagues wrote in a letter to the MJA.