Prevention of hospital-acquired infections is a critical aspect of clinical management of COVID-19 as hospital-acquired infections have been a common feature of previous novel coronavirus outbreaks. The number of COVID-19 patients in UK hospitals reached high levels during the first pandemic wave of 2020, and higher levels still in the subsequent winter wave. We assessed the magnitude of nosocomial COVID-19 in acute and long-term National Health Service (NHS) hospital facilities in the UK during the first pandmic wave.


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Read, J., Green, C., Harrison, E., Docherty, A., Funk, S., Harrison, J., Girvan, M., Hardwick, H., Turtle, L., Dunning, J., Nguyen-Van-Tam, J., Openshaw, P., Baillie, J., Semple, M. & ISARIC4C Investigators 2021, 'Hospital-acquired SARS-CoV-2 infection in the UK's first COVID-19 pandemic wave', The Lancet, 398(10305), pp. 1037-1038. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01786-4

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