Pattern of COVID 19 Infection among Front line Health Workers and Contact Tracing Done among them. Our Experience in a Tertiary Care Hospital

Authors

  • Niranjan Rajasekar
  • Velavan Anandan
  • Pradeep Kumar
  • Samundeswari Gopinath
  • Rajesh Kumar Konduru
  • Anil J Purty

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v14i2.19092

Keywords:

COVID-19, Pattern, Contact Tracing, Front-line workers

Abstract

Background: A considerable number of front-line workers are under risk due to repeated infection and exposure.
The pattern of COVID 19 infection among the front-line workers was important, so that more focus would be laid
on protecting them. Contact tracing is one key strategy for interrupting chains of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
This study aimed to find the pattern of COVID 19 infection among front line health workers and describe the
process of contact tracing.
Methodology: The list of front-line workers with possible symptoms of COVID-19 or had come in direct contact
with a “case” was shared with the department of community medicine for contract tracing activity as per the
guidelines. The front-line workers who were categorized as High Risk were quarantined immediately and those
who were categorized as Low-Risk were advised to be vigilant regarding the development of symptoms and were
asked to continue with their routine duties with extra precautionary measures as they form a very vital part of the
resource in this combat against COVID-19.
Result: About 138 front line health workers were affected by COVID-19 among which staff nurses (51) amounted
to the maximum number who were affected.
Conclusion: COVID-19 was high among front-line workers and had a large number of high-risk contacts. Nurses
were found to be most affected with COVID 19 infection.

Author Biographies

  • Niranjan Rajasekar

    Post Graduate Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai, Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry.

  • Velavan Anandan

    Velavan AnandanDepartment of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai, Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Post Graduate Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai, Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry.

  • Samundeswari Gopinath

    Posr Graduate Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai, Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry

  • Rajesh Kumar Konduru

    Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai, Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry.

  • Anil J Purty

    Director and Professor,Department of Community Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalathumettupathai,Ganapathichettikulam, Kalapet, Puducherry

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Published

2023-03-15

How to Cite

Pattern of COVID 19 Infection among Front line Health Workers and Contact Tracing Done among them. Our Experience in a Tertiary Care Hospital. (2023). Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 14(2), 177-182. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v14i2.19092