Hospitals in the United States are allowing staff infected with covid-19 to work


Michigan and Minnesota concentrate a large part of the covid-19 cases currently in the United States.

Michigan and Minnesota concentrate a large part of the covid-19 cases currently in the United States.

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If they present few or no symptoms, United States hospital workers with covid-19 are receiving authorization to work, an extraordinary decision that aims to respond to the lack of personnel in the face of the exponential increase in infections which is causing the omicron variant.

Over the weekend, health authorities from California They announced that hospital personnel who test positive, but are asymptomatic, will be able to continue working. It is the same case of hospitals of Rhode Island and Arizona.

In the United States, precisely because of Ómicron, new cases of covid-19 have skyrocketed on average above 700,000 a day. The number of people hospitalized in the country is around 110,000.

The decision comes precisely when many hospitals are saturated, and at the same time grapple with staff shortages. Both, because of the contagions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that health workers infected but without symptoms can resume work in seven days, but that the quarantine period could be shortened if there were few personnel.

The California Nurses Association, with 100,000 members, rejected the decision, saying it will cause infections to increase even more.

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