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SARS-CoV-2 virus-specific reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT–PCR) tests are routinely used to diagnose COVID-19, but they can take up to 2 days to complete and kits are in short supply. Alternative methods for rapid and accurate diagnosis of patients Read More
A retrospective review comparing the pulmonary chest CT findings of patients with COVID-19 pneumonia with those with other types of viral pneumonia found that a peripheral distribution, a lesion range > 10 cm, involvement of 5 lobes, presence of hilar and mediastinal lymph Read More
This study showed that some rapid antibody tests have low sensitivity and therefore would be insufficient for community screenings. At this time, the gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis is PCR-based system taking several hours to confirm positivity. This is insufficient Read More
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Review: Severe COVID-19 during pregnancy and possible vertical transmission

This case report details vertical transmission of COVID-19 from a pregnant mother to her newbown, even with immediate isolation after birth. Most of the descriptions of COVID-19 cases in pregnancy show mild illness and no transmission to neonates. This report Read More
This case series found that infection of SARS-CoV-2 in late pregnant women causes no adverse outcomes in their newborns, although it is still be wise to separate them to prevent transmission after birth. This study focused on the outcomes of Read More
This study found that baseline platelet levels and changes in levels were associated with subsequent mortality.  This study explored the relationship between thrombocytopenia and COVID-19. Researchers reviewed the clinical and laboratory data of 383 patients in Wuhan. Among them, 87% Read More
This study describes the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 co-infection with noncoronavirus respiratory pathogens in a sample of symptomatic patients undergoing PCR testing in March 2020. The results suggest that routine testing for non–SARS-CoV-2 respiratory pathogens during the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely Read More
This case series of pregnant women in NYC hospitals found that among pregnant women with COVID-19, 86% possessed mild disease, 9% exhibited severe disease, and 5% developed critical disease – much like everyone else. New York is clearly an epicenter Read More
This systematic review identified several biomarkers that may potentially identify cases at risk for severe disease or death.  Researchers conducted a review of studies reporting on laboratory abnormalities in patients with COVID-19. They focused on two outcomes, severity and mortality. Read More
This study showed that CRP increased significantly at the initial stage of severe COVID‐19 infections, before CT findings and predicted a severe case early on. In this cohort study, 27 consecutive patients with COVID‐19 and 75 patients with influenza were Read More

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