Are our healthcare workers well protected during COVID-19? Learning from current experiences and challenges / Siti Munira Yasin ... [et al.]

Yasin, Siti Munira and Muzaini, Kamarulzaman and Samsudin, Ely Zarina and Selamat, Mohamad Ikhsan and Ismail, Zaliha (2020) Are our healthcare workers well protected during COVID-19? Learning from current experiences and challenges / Siti Munira Yasin ... [et al.]. Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences, 5 (2). pp. 4-18. ISSN 0127 – 984X

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Abstract

The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. The incidence of this pandemic continues to rise, with 40,665,438 confirmed cases and 1,121,843 deaths worldwide by 21 October 2020. During this public health crisis, healthcare workers are at the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak response, and as such are at risk of being infected and developing job burnout while in the line of duty. This study reviews the history of COVID-19 outbreak, infection control measures in hospitals during COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare workers’ risk of infection and other health effects from battling COVID-19, and challenges and recommendations for protecting healthcare workers during this pandemic. At present, healthcare workers are every country’s most valuable resources, and their safety must thus be ensured. Strong medical leadership, clear pandemic planning, policies and protocols, continuous educational training, adequate provision of personal protective equipment, psychological support, and the provision of food, rest, and family support for healthcare workers would augment a climate of safety in the workplace, ensure their wellbeing, and improve their capacity to battle this ongoing pandemic.

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Yasin, Siti Munira
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Muzaini, Kamarulzaman
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Samsudin, Ely Zarina
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Selamat, Mohamad Ikhsan
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Ismail, Zaliha
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Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > Virology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Primary Health Care
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Communicable diseases and public health
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Epidemics
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Medicine
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences (JCHS)
ISSN: 0127 – 984X
Volume: 5
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 4-18
Official URL: https://jchs-medicine.uitm.edu.my/index.php
Item ID: 44166
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, healthcare workers, health personnel, occupational safety and health, worker protection, outbreak response measures, safety climate, review
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/44166

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