Turkish Thoracic Journal

COVID-19 Screening Program Should be Performed in Healthcare Workers


Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Research and Education Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey


Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bursa City Hospital, Bursa, Turkey

Turk Thorac J 2021; 22: 169-174
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2021.20217
Read: 511 Downloads: 148 Published: 06 April 2021

The screening test for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) disease 2019 (COVID-19) has not been performed in healthcare workers (HCWs) yet, although HCWs are at a high risk of infection. COVID-19 is detected in 5%–15% of HCWs according to published studies. Nevertheless, it may be higher than the rates indicated in published studies. Based on this fact, the current recommendation of studies in the literature is to screen COVID-19 in HCWs. In this review, studies on SARS-CoV-2 screening in HCWs will be reconsidered, and the frequency and target group in whom screening should be performed will be emphasized.

Cite this article as: Çitak N, Pekçolaklar A. COVID-19 Screening Program Should be Performed in Healthcare Workers. Turk Thorac J 2021; 22(2): 169-74.

EISSN 2149-2530