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This study found that 21 days after a single index SARS-CoV-2 patient at Riley Hospital for Children’s dialysis center, 44% of health care workers had positive SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and 23% of patients had antibodies.  One week before this study began Read More
Published on :  | By Megan McHenry

Review: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in placental and fetal membrane samples

This is a brief case series study on the placental/membrane SARS-CoV2 RNA PCR swab results of 11 symptomatic mothers with confirmed COVID-19 infection in pregnancy; only 3 were positive for SARS-CoV-2. All charts pregnant women diagnosed with COVID-19 who gave Read More
Published on :  | By Megan McHenry

Review: Prolonged persistence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in body fluids

Using an accelerated failure time-based modeling study, estimated median time virus RNA detection ranged from 15.6-24.5 days in mild COVID-19 cases to 30.9-33.9 days in severe cases.  This was a prospective analysis of 49 coronavirus disease cases in Guangdong, China Read More
This statement from over 40 health and medical associations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the National Association of County and City Health Read More
This article discusses proposals by separate groups of members of Congress to fund the hiring of thousands of people to conduct coronavirus-related contact tracing. This week, two separate proposals were released aimed toward creating a workforce to undertake the critical Read More
ProPublica outlines lessons learned from interviewing frontline officials and experts from Italy, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea about reopening society in the wake of the epidemic. To safely move to a more open society, the following 7 steps Read More
This report describes an investigation of coronavirus disease 2019 in residents and staff members from homeless shelters in four U.S. cities between March 27 and April 15, 2020. The authors performed reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction testing at commercial and public Read More
This article discusses how, despite the blow to Europe’s largest economy, the contagion risks associated with having 6 million attendees (2 million from outside Germany) in the city for the two-week fall festival were too great. While Germany’s extensive testing Read More
Published on :  | By Erika Cheng

Review: COVID-19 testing: The threat of false-negative results

This article discusses how failing to observe principles of evidence-based clinical reasoning when interpreting COVID-19 test results can have direct implications for public health, particularly for negative tests. Given that early data from China suggest relatively poor sensitivity of initial 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

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