COVID-19 testing

Study Probes COVID-19 Positivity Rates for Healthcare Personnel in Endoscopy Suite

PREVENTION CHALLENGES

SARS-CoV-2 continues to threaten healthcare worker safety, with a new study finding that reprocessing technicians in a gastroenterology department have higher positivity rates than physicians and nurses.

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Prevention Challenges
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Prevention Challenges

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Prevention Challenges

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Prevention Challenges

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