Monash and Victoria University have published a national survey of nearly 10,000 healthcare workers during the second wave of 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲.
• 76.7% of participants believed that the community was worried that HCWs would spread the virus to others.
• Most participants (86.5%) believed that the community appreciated HCWs during the pandemic.
• A third (31.7%) felt that wearing PPE limited their ability to care for people with COVID-19
Whilst the sudden onset of the pandemic has necessitated broadly reactive, rather than proactive, training opportunities for PPE usage, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗿𝗴𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗣𝗘 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀.