NYC’s healthcare workers are at a greater risk of getting the novel coronavirus. They’re also not getting tested.
- Healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus response are being exposed to the virus and falling ill.
- Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is opting not to test healthcare workers if they start coming down with symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus, such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
- Instead, the health system is asking them to stay home for seven days and allowing them to come back after their symptoms subside.
- At least one New York health system is telling some employees with coronavirus to keep working.
- The city has been hard-hit by the virus, already filling hospital beds across the city and putting strains on the front lines of workers, many of whom have already fallen ill.
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Diana Torres, a registered nurse at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai West hospital, knew she was being exposed to the novel coronavirus in her work treating patients.
She didn’t realize she was working with someone who had a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus until her assistant manager, Kious Kelly, 48, died from the disease last week.
Torres attributes the risk of exposure to a lack …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]