COVID-19: Expert Review of Relevant and Emerging Literature

COVID-19: Expert Reviews of Relevant and Emerging Literature2020-08-17T11:22:55-04:00

This study concluded that children of all ages are susceptible to COVID-19, with no significant gender differences. Young children, particularly infants, are more vulnerable to infection.

Objective: To identify the epidemiological characteristics and transmission patterns of children infected with COVID-19

Data: Nationwide case series of 2143 children with COVID-19 in China from January 16 to February 8, 2020

Results: There were 731 (34.1%) laboratory-confirmed cases and 1412 (65.9%) suspected cases.

This modeling study argues that undocumented cases are very common and lead to most of the spread of SARS-CoV2.

One of the biggest concerns of public health officials is that people can be infected with SARS-CoV2, not know it, and infect others. We don’t know how many such people exist, and how contagious they are.

At the outset of Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak, they launched a surveillance system to collect information on all people with COVID-19 in-country. There are concerns as to why the fatality rate (what percent of people who are infected die) is so high there.

This study provides key data on how long it takes to develop antibodies after symptoms of COVID (5 days for IgM and IgA, and 14 days for IgG) and argues that combining IgM ELISA assay with PCR makes a false negative result really rare.

This New York Times article suggests utilizing communicative approaches similar to Taiwan could provide Americans with transparency while protecting their privacy.

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