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HOW COVID-19 TESTING IS
AFFECTING LAB TECHNICIAN
HEALTH AND WORK
It’s no surprise that the relentless pace
of COVID-19 testing has challenged
many lab technicians, and left many lab
managers wondering how to protect their
precious team members.
As of June 1, 2021, the U.S. had
performed nearly 480 million COVID-19
tests, according to Statista.
All of those tests were analyzed by
the same laboratory professionals who
already were conducting some 13 billion
laboratory tests every year.
“Many of my former students, now
colleagues in medical laboratories all
over the country, are exhausted and
dealing with burnout or thoughts of
Rodney E. Rohde, Professor of Clinical
Laboratory Science, Texas State University
In Germany, for example, more than 60
million COVID-19 tests had taken place
by the same date. And, as yet another
new strain of the virus fuels a surge
of infections in India, testing remains
inadequate in many places, according to
Extraordinary demands are being placed
on laboratory professionals leaving them
exposed to the risk of burn out.
In 2020, the American Society for
Clinical Pathology conducted a survey
of laboratory professionals and reported
that 85.3% felt burnt out, 36.5%
reported inadequate staffing, and 31.5%
complained of a heavy workload and
pressure to complete all testing.