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          Introducción. La enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) es una enfermedad infecciosa respiratoria aguda causada por el virus SARS-Cov-2, que no solo representa un gran desafío, sino que está sentando un precedente para la comunidad médica. Se sugiere que todo el personal que esté expuesto a riesgos laborales, específicamente riesgo biológico, utilice los equipos de protección personal necesarios proporcionados por la institución o empresa para la que labora. Los trabajadores con alto riesgo de infección pueden ser estigmatizados y discriminados, lo que lleva a su exclusión de la comunidad y su mayor exposición a la violencia y el acoso. Objetivo. Analizar la exposición laboral al SARS-CoV-2 de los colaboradores de salud en Latinoamérica en mayo 2020. Métodos y materiales. Estudio cuantitativo, descriptivo, transversal; participó una muestra no probabilística de 713 voluntarios. Se aplicó un cuestionario en línea de 30 preguntas cerradas. El análisis de estadísticos se realizó mediante Excel 2019, utilizando análisis de frecuencia y mediciones de tendencia central. Se consideraron las recomendaciones de bioética de Helsinki. Resultados y discusión. Participaron trabajadores sanitarios de 13 países hispanohablantes de América Latina, de 7 profesiones del sector salud. Se detallaron los factores de riesgo personales, laborales-institucionales y sus repercusiones en el personal. Conclusiones. Además de proveer el equipo y medidas de bioseguridad necesarias, es fundamental que las instituciones adopten nuevas políticas conformadas en conjunto para que se asegure la protección integral (a su vez psicológica y emocional) de los trabajadores.

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          Introduction. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute respiratory infectious disease caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which not only represents a great challenge, but is setting a precedent for the medical community. In this situation, it is suggested that all personnel who are exposed to occupational risks - specifically biological risk - will use the necessary personal and collective protection equipment provided by the institution or company for which they work. Workers in areas and jobs at high risk of infection can be stigmatized and discriminated, leading to their exclusion from the community and their increased exposure to violence and harassment. Objective. Analyze the occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in health personnel in Latin America in May, 2020. Methods and materials. A quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional study was carried out; a non-probabilistic sample of 713 volunteers participated. An online questionnaire of 30 closed questions was applied. Statistical analysis was performed using Excel 2019, using frequency analysis and central tendency measurements. The Helsinki bioethics recommendations were considered. Results and discussion. Health workers from 13 Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, from 7 professions in the health sector, participated. The personal and labor/institutional risk factors and repercussions on the personnel were detailed. Conclusions. Besides providing the necessary equipment and safety measures and protocols to the health workforce, it is fundamental that institutions adopt new collaborative policies that ensure the holistic protection (including psychological and emotional) of their workers.

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                Revista Científica Ciencia Médica
                Rev Cient Cienc Méd
                Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Mayor de San Simón. (Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia )
                : 23
                : 2
                : 214-220
                [01] Tegucigalpa orgnameUniversidad de Honduras (UNAH) orgdiv1Facultad de Ciencias Médicas Honduras flaviomedina014@ 123456hotmail.com
                [02] Toluca orgnameInstituto Mexicano del Seguro Social México
                S1817-74332020000200012 S1817-7433(20)02300200012

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

                : 02 December 2020
                : 03 January 2021
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                Infecciones por Coronavirus,Coronavirus Infections,Containment of Biohazards,2019-nCoV,Occupational Exposure,Health Personnel,Contención de Riesgos Biológicos,Exposición Profesional,Personal de Salud


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