Report: +3,600 US Health Workers Died in COVID’s First Year
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 3,600 US healthcare workers perished in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lost on the Frontline, a 12-month investigation by The Guardian and Kaiser Health News (KHN) to track such deaths.
The project, which tracked who died and why, provides a window into the workings – and failings – of the US healthcare system during the pandemic.
Two thirds of deceased healthcare workers identified as people of color, revealing the deep inequities tied to race, ethnicity and economic status in America’s healthcare workforce, the report said.
Lower paid workers who handled everyday patient care, including nurses, support staff, and nursing home employees, were far more likely to die in the pandemic than physicians, it added.
The year-long series of investigative reports found that many of these deaths could have been prevented.
Widespread PPE and mask shortages, a lack of COVID testing, weak contact tracing, inconsistent mask guidance by politicians, missteps by employers, and lax enforcement of workplace safety rules by government regulators all contributed to the increased risk faced by healthcare workers.
Studies show that healthcare workers were more than 3 times as likely to contract COVID as the general public.
The United States continues to top the list of nations that are most ravaged in the ongoing global virus pandemic, with over 30.9 million COVID-19 cases and more than 559,000 deaths.