Broken System: COVID-19 Positive & Potentially Infectious Health Care Workers Could Perform the Next Elective Surgery

Recently, TrialSite reported on the implication of the recent guideline updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help alleviate widespread labor shortages in healthcare and other sectors. While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the OSHA-associated COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the push for vaccination remains for health facilities subject to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory oversight. To overcome severe labor shortages during this unprecedented Omicron surge, in California and throughout America state health agencies, such as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared on January 8, 2022, that COVID-19 positive employees---doctors, nurses, aides, and the like can come back to work after five days at home assuming they are both vaccinated and present either asymptomatic or mild symptoms. Now, it is OK to show up to work even if they are still positively infected and transmissible if they are vaccinated. TrialSite reminds all those scenarios involving unvaccinated individuals who were previously infected were not taken into consideration: these health care workers were either terminated or resigned, despite, in...

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