Doctors face six-fold higher risk of severe coronavirus

The findings from a UK study reinforce the need for healthcare workers to have adequate health and safety arrangements and PPE provisions

Doctors face a six-fold higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 than those with non-essential jobs, a UK study shows.

Researchers linked data on more than 120,000 Britons in the UK Biobank study with COVID-19 test results to examine how infection affected essential workers, including those in the healthcare sector.

In total 271 of the participants developed severe COVID-19 between March and July 2020. Researchers considered severe infection to be a positive result for a SARS-CoV-2 test while in hospital, or