Assessment and impact of the risk of exposure of Portuguese biomedical scientists in the context of COVID-19: an exploratory study

Ana Tavares*, Fernando Bellem, Renato Abreu, Céu Leitão, Nuno Medeiros, Luis Calmeiro

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess Biomedical Scientists’ risk of COVID-19 exposure and stress appraisals concerning contact with infected patients. The 233 participants (76.4% females) completed online versions of the WHO’s Risk Assessment and Management of Exposure Survey and the Stress Appraisal Measure. Participants worked mainly in outpatient settings (45%), and in emergency services (28%). 22.9% of participants were exposed to COVID-19 via the community vector, and 39% through occupational exposure. Although 94.9% reported using personal protective equipment, 83.6% were at high risk of infection. Participants reported moderate perceptions of stress and threat, but also moderate perceptions of control over the situation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021
EventThe 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health —Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic - Online
Duration: 11 Jan 202125 Jan 2021
Conference number: 3rd
https://sciforum.net/conference/ECERPH-3

Conference

ConferenceThe 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health —Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Abbreviated titleECERPH 2021
Period11/01/2125/01/21
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