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The Oxford University Global Surgery Group recently led the study ‘Infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19: a systematic review’.

Cumulative number of reported COVID-19 deaths in healthcare workers worldwide and total number of reported cases of COVID-19 deaths in healthcare workers worldwide.
Cumulative number of reported COVID-19 deaths in healthcare workers worldwide and total number of reported cases of COVID-19 deaths in healthcare workers worldwide.

This was a coordinated effort by our global colleagues spread across the world, and was the first comprehensive investigation into the burden of COVID-19 infection and death rates in healthcare professionals worldwide. 63 collaborators across 19 countries contributed towards this study during the first wave of COVID-19. Many of the researchers are also frontline workers who despite their clinical commitments during these challenging times made time for this study.

Read more about the study

Read ‘Infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19: a systematic review’ on the BMJ Global Health website.

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