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Internist (Berl). August 18, 2021. doi: 10.1007 / s00108-021-01106-w. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND: Healthcare workers (CHPs) are at occupational risk for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and can transmit COVID-19 to patients. The related occupational disease is BK 3101.
OBJECTIVE: The frequency of suspected cases of occupational infections with SARS-CoV-2 and confirmed cases of occupational diseases linked to COVID-19, the reporting obligations under the German Infection Protection Act (IfSG) and mandatory notification requirements for physicians.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Selective bibliographic research with particular attention to data from accident insurance institutions concerning work-related SARS-CoV-2 infections among health professionals.
RESULTS: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic also represents a challenge for occupational health and the public health service. In recent months, an increased number of suspected cases of occupational disease (BK 3101) associated with COVID-19 have been registered with accident insurance institutions as well as work accident reports. The public health service manages registrations within the framework of the IfSG and coordinates the follow-up of contact persons.
CONCLUSION: Work-related SARS-CoV-2 infections are a real cause for concern. The registration data of accident insurance institutions confirm a high number of cases. Preventive measures, such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 vaccinations significantly reduce the risk of infection among healthcare professionals as well as the risk of nosocomial transmission to patients.