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Strengthening Surveillance and Prevention Required to Curtail Hospital-Onset SARS-CoV-2 Infections: A Study

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published by the JAMA Network Open, foregrounds the escalating need for rigorous surveillance and bolstered prevention strategies to lessen in-hospital transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

The study focused on hospitals reporting these infections and discovered that hospital-onset SARS-CoV-2 infections surge when community-onset infections are elevated. This liaison implies that the community-incidence level of the infections is directly proportional to the risk levels within hospitals, creating a potential health hazard in hospital environments.

The report calls for healthcare professionals to constantly monitor, tailor, and enhance infection-prevention measures within hospital premises, especially when the virus is rampant in the community.

The lead author of the study is Kelly M. Hatfield, M.S.P.H., affiliated with the CDC in Atlanta. For those interested in accessing the comprehensive study, it is featured on the ‘For The Media’ website and accessible following the lifting of its media embargo. The original link to the study is provided for readers who want to delve deeper into the details and findings.


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