September 15, 2020
There is heightened anxiety among physicians and jumps in depression among nurses, health-care aides and personal support workers, according to early data from a University of Alberta study into the effectiveness of safety measures to protect the physical and mental health of Canada’s health-care workforce treating those with COVID-19.
Occupational epidemiologist Nicola Cherry, professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, said although Canada has infection control protocols in place, they may not be completely failsafe because infections may be missed, personal protective equipment may not be available or may be used improperly, or other control lapses may occur.
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