Volume 103, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



COVID-19 is an emerging disease threatening the lives of patients and healthcare workers (HCWs) alike. In this article, we present initial results of COVID-19 screening performed among the hospital staff of an infectious diseases referral hospital in Manila, the Philippines. Of 324 HCWs tested, eight were positive; only one was exposed to COVID-19 patients, whereas seven others belonged to two different departments. Routine screening of hospital staff is invaluable for the safety of the HCWs and the patients in hospitals and should be performed on a regular basis. In monitoring HCWs, we protect one of our most valuable assets against COVID-19.

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  • Received : 22 Jun 2020
  • Accepted : 16 Jul 2020
  • Published online : 29 Jul 2020
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