NYC Firefighters and EMS were 15 times more likely to have had Covid-19

A new study described in ERJ Open Research found that during the springtime COVID-19 outbreak in New York City, emergency medical personnel and firefighters in the city were fifteen times likelier to have contracted the disease than the general population, reports Nicole Fisher for Forbes.

“These findings highlight the importance of protecting emergency workers in countries around the world and maintaining the capacity of our emergency services in the event of subsequent waves of the pandemic. This means proper use of PPE, but also ensuring emergency workers get flu vaccinations and, when available, Covid-19 vaccinations,” said Dr. Prezant about the results.

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