Such an interesting study that has found that even in the arena of healthcare workers who work WITH covid patients, there was no clear association between workplace contact and a positive test. While the State of California clearly moved to try and protect workers as best as possible in the beginning of the pandemic, affording the full spectrum of WC benefits with the exposure presumption, it may be time to revisit even that amended presumption to really fit what is best for the insurers as well. If employers are taking all the steps to ensure a safe workplace, the burden of claims that are likely non-industrial shouldn't fall to them.
A study of 24,000 workers conducted by four universities of four large health care systems between April and August 2020 found that the majority of COVID-19 exposures resulted from outbreaks in the community. The researchers found that health care workers who worked in a COVID-19 unit or with COVID-19 patients did not increase their odds of contraction and that there was no clear association between workplace contact with coronavirus patients and a positive antibody test.