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MeSH Disease

Human Phenotype

Fever (6)

Cough (3)

Fatigue (2)

Pneumonia (2)

Lymphopenia (2)


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    Fighting COVID-19 spread among nursing home residents even in absence of molecular diagnosis: a retrospective cohort study.

    Authors: Alessio Strazzulla; Paul Tarteret; Maria Concetta Postorino; Marie Picque; Astrid de Pontfarcy; Nicolas Vignier; Catherine Chakvetadze; Coralie Noel; Cecile Drouin; Zine Eddine Benguerdi; Sylvain Diamantis

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-07-30 Source: ResearchSquare

    Background Access to molecular diagnosis was limited out-of-hospital in France during the 2020 coronavirus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic. This study describes the evolution of COVID-19 outbreak in a nursing home in absence of molecular diagnosis. Methods A monocentric prospective study was conducted in a French nursing home from March 17th, 2020 to June 11th, 2020. Because of lack of molecular tests for severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD 2 (SARS-Cov2) infection MESHD, probable COVID-19 cases were early identified considering only respiratory and not-respiratory symptoms and therefore preventing measures and treatments were enforced. Once available, serology tests were performed at the end of the study.A chronologic description of new cases and deaths MESHD was made together with a description of COVID-19 symptoms. Data about personal characteristics and treatments were collected and the following comparisons were performed: i) probable COVID-19 cases vs asymptomatic TRANS residents; ii) SARS-Cov2 seropositive residents vs seronegative residents. Results Overall, 32/66 (48.5%) residents and 19/39 (48.7%) members of health-care personnel were classified as probable COVID-19 cases. A total of 34/61 (55.7%) tested residents resulted seropositive. Death MESHD occurred in 4/66 (6%) residents. Diagnosis according to symptoms had 65% of sensitivity SERO, 78% of specificity, 79% of positive predictive value SERO and 64% of negative predictive value SERO.In resident population, the following symptoms were registered: 15/32 (46.8%) lymphopenia MESHD lymphopenia HP, 15/32 (46.8%) fever MESHD fever HP, 8/32 (25%) fatigue MESHD fatigue HP, 8/32 (25%) cough MESHD cough HP, 6/32 (18.8%) diarrhoea, 4/32 (12.5%) severe respiratory distress HP requiring oxygen therapy, 4/32 (12.5%) fall HP, 3/32 (9.4%) conjunctivitis MESHD conjunctivitis HP, 2/32 (6.3%) abnormal pulmonary noise at chest examination and 2/32 (6,25%) abdominal pain MESHD abdominal pain HP. Probable COVID-19 cases were older (81.3 vs 74.9; p=0.007) and they had higher prevalence SERO of atrial fibrillation MESHD atrial fibrillation HP (8/32, 25% vs 2/34, 12%; p=0.030); insulin treatment (4/34, 12% vs 0, 0%; p=0.033) and positive SARS-Cov2 serology (22/32, 69% vs 12/34, 35%; p=0.001) than asymptomatic TRANS residents. Seropositive residents had lower prevalence SERO of diabetes (4/34, 12% vs 9/27, 33%; p=0.041) and angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors’ intake (1/34, 1% vs 5/27, 19%; p=0.042). Conclusions During SARS-Cov2 epidemic, early detection of respiratory and not-respiratory symptoms allowed to enforce extraordinary measures. They achieved limiting contagion and deaths MESHD among nursing home residents, even in absence of molecular diagnosis.

    IL-33 expression in response to SARS-CoV-2 correlates with seropositivity in COVID-19 convalescent individuals

    Authors: Michal A Stanczak; David E Sanin; Petya Apostolova; Gabriele Nerz; Dimitrios Lampaki; Maike Hofmann; Daniel Steinmann; Robert Thimme; Gerhard Mittler; Cornelius F Waller; Edward J Pearce; Erika L Pearce

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.09.20148056 Date: 2020-07-10 Source: medRxiv

    Our understanding of severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is still developing. We investigated seroprevalence SERO and immune responses in subjects professionally exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and their family members TRANS (155 individuals; ages TRANS 5-79 years). Seropositivity for SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein aligned with PCR results that confirmed previous infection MESHD. Anti-spike IgG titers remained high 60 days post- infection MESHD and did not associate with symptoms, but spike-specific IgM did associate with malaise and fever MESHD fever HP. We found limited household transmission TRANS, with children TRANS of infected individuals seldomly seropositive, highlighting professional exposure as the dominant route of infection MESHD in our cohort. We analyzed PBMCs from a subset of seropositive and seronegative adults TRANS. TLR7 agonist- activation revealed an increased population of IL-6+TNF-IL-1{beta}+ monocytes, while SARS-CoV-2 peptide stimulation elicited IL-33, IL-6, IFNa2, and IL-23 expression in seropositive individuals. IL-33 correlated with CD4+ T cell activation in PBMCs from convalescent subjects, and was likely due to T cell-mediated effects on IL-33- producing cells. IL-33 is associated with pulmonary infection MESHD infection and chronic HP and chronic diseases MESHD like asthma MESHD asthma HP and COPD, but its role in COVID-19 is unknown. Analysis of published scRNAseq data of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from patients with mild to severe COVID-19 revealed a population of IL-33-producing cells that increases with disease MESHD. Together these findings show that IL-33 production is linked to SARS-CoV- 2 infection MESHD and warrant further investigation of IL-33 in COVID-19 pathogenesis and immunity.

    Seroprevalence SERO against COVID-19 and follow-up of suspected cases in primary TRANS health care in Spain

    Authors: Carlos Brotons; Jordi Serrano; Diana Fernandez; Carlos Garcia-Ramos; Begona Ichazo; Jeannine Lemaire; Patricia Montenegro; Irene Moral; Ricky Perez- Wienese; Marc Pitarch; Mireia Puig; Maria Teresa Vilella; Jaume Sellares

    doi:10.1101/2020.06.13.20130575 Date: 2020-06-16 Source: medRxiv

    Background During the coronavirus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic little information has been available about patients with mild or moderate symptoms attended and followed in the primary care setting, most of whom had an unknown status for the severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection MESHD. Objectives We aim to measure the seroprevalence SERO of antibodies SERO against SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD in a community sample of asymptomatic TRANS individuals and among symptomatic patients (without confirmed diagnosis) followed in a primary care setting. As a secondary objective, we estimated the proportions of symptomatic patients seeing at an emergency MESHD department (ED), hospitalized or dying, and identified the most important clinical symptoms associated with a positive infection MESHD. Methods From April 21 to April 24 2020, we selected a random sample of 600 individuals stratified by age groups TRANS, from a total population of 19,899 individuals from a community area in Barcelona (study population 1). From April 29 to May 5 2020, we also invited all the patients that had been followed by general practitioners (GPs) (study population 2). We used for both populations COVID-19 Rapid lateral flow immunoassay SERO which qualitatively assesses the presence of patient-generated IgG and IgM in approximately 10-15 minutes. The prevalence SERO (95% confidence intervals [CI]) of infection MESHD (past and current) was defined as the proportion of individuals with antibody SERO seropositivity. Odds ratios (ORs) for a positive test result were estimated using logistic regression analysis. Results Three hundred and eleven asymptomatic TRANS individuals from the randomly selected sample accepted to participate in the study. The overall mean age TRANS was 43.7 years (SD 21.79, range 1-94) and 55% were women. Seventeen individuals were seropositive for IgM and/or IgG, resulting an overall prevalence SERO of 5,47% (95% CI, 3.44-8.58). Six-hundred and thirty-four symptomatic patients were followed by GPs. The overall mean age TRANS was 46.97 years (SD 20.05, range 0-92) and 57.73% were women. Of these, 244 patients (38.49%) were seropositive for IgM and/or IgG. During the follow-up period, 27.13% of symptomatic patients attended the ED, 11.83% were hospitalized and about 2% died. Results of the multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that the OR for a positive test was significantly increased in patients who had fever MESHD fever HP (>38{degrees}C), ageusia MESHD and contact with a patient diagnosed with COVID-19. Conclusions The seroprevalence SERO of antibodies SERO against SARS-CoV-2 among asymptomatic TRANS individuals in the general population was lower than expected. Approximately 40% of the symptomatic patients followed by GPs during the peak months of the pandemic in Barcelona, were positive. Fever MESHD Fever HP (>38{degrees}C), anosmia HP, ageusia MESHD and contact with a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 were associated with a positive test result.

    Low albumin levels are associated with poorer outcomes in a case series of COVID-19 patients in Spain: a retrospective cohort study

    Authors: Roberto de la Rica; Marcio Borges; Maria Aranda; Alberto del Castillo; Antonia Socias; Antoni Payeras; Gemma Rialp; Lorenzo Socias; Lluis Masmiquel; Marta Gonzalez-Freire

    doi:10.1101/2020.05.07.20094987 Date: 2020-05-11 Source: medRxiv

    OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical characteristics and epidemiological features of severe (non-ICU) and critically patients (ICU) with COVID-19 at triage, prior hospitalization, in one of the main hospitals in The Balearic Islands health care system. DESIGN Retrospective observational study SETTING Son Llatzer University Hospital in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) PARTICIPANTS Among a cohort of 52 hospitalized patients as of 31 March 2020, 48 with complete demographic information and severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) positive test, were analyzed. Data were collected between March 15th, 2020, and March 31th 2020, inclusive of these dates. MAIN OUTCOMES Clinical, vital signs and routine laboratory outcomes at the time of hospitalization, including symptoms reported prior to hospitalization. Demographics and baseline comorbidities were also collected. Mortality was reported at the end of the study. RESULTS 48 patients (27 non-ICU and 21 ICU) resident in Mallorca, Spain (mean age TRANS, 66 years, [range, 33-88 years]; 67% males TRANS) with positive SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD were analyzed. There were no differences in age TRANS or sex among groups (p >.05). Initial symptoms included fever MESHD fever HP (100%), coughing MESHD coughing HP (85%), dyspnea MESHD dyspnea HP (76%), diarrhea MESHD diarrhea HP (42%) and asthenia MESHD asthenia HP (21%). The majority of patients in this case series were hospitalized because of low SpO2 (SpO2 below 90%) and presentation of bilateral pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP (94%) at triage. ICU patients had a higher prevalence SERO of dyspnea MESHD dyspnea HP compared to non-ICU patients (95% vs 61%, p = .022). Acute respiratory syndrome MESHD (ARDS) was presented in 100% of the ICU-patients. All the patients included in the study required oxygen therapy. ICU-patients had lymphopenia MESHD lymphopenia HP as well as hypoalbuminemia MESHD hypoalbuminemia HP. Inflammatory markers such as lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), C-reactive protein (CRP), and procalcitonin were significantly higher in ICU patients compared to non-ICU (p < .001).Lower albumin levels were associated with poor prognosis measured as longer hospital length (r= -0.472, p

    Early epidemiological and clinical manifestations of COVID-19 in Japan

    Authors: Muhammad Qasim; Muhammad Yasir; Waqas Ahmad; Minami Yoshida; Muhammad Azhar; Mohammad Azam Ali; Chris Wang; Maree Gould

    doi:10.1101/2020.04.17.20070276 Date: 2020-04-24 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronaviruses -2 (SARS-COV2) named as COVID-19 had spread worldwide and leading to 1,210,956 confirmed cases TRANS and 67,594 deaths MESHD Methods: A data of 1192 confirmed cases TRANS and 43 deaths MESHD due to COVID-19 in Japan collected from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan and analysed for different epidemiological parameters and their clinical manifestations. We used Clauset-Newman-Moore (CNM) clustering algorithm to develop web-network of confirmed cases TRANS to identified clusters of community transmission TRANS. Results: Out of 1192 confirmed cases TRANS, 90.60% were symptomatic and 9.39% were asymptomatic TRANS. The prevalence SERO of COVID19 in males TRANS was 56.29% and 43.20 % in females TRANS. The mean interval (SD) from symptom onset TRANS to diagnosis was 6-22.6 days while mean interval (SD) from contact to onset of symptoms TRANS was 5-19.5 days. People of age TRANS range 40-79 were more infected and deaths MESHD median age TRANS was 80. The main symptoms were fever MESHD fever HP, dry cough MESHD cough HP, fatigue MESHD fatigue HP and pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP. The main infected cities were Tokyo (195/1192, 16.35%), Hokkaido (160/1192 13.42%), Aichi (150/1192, 12.58%) and Osaka (145/1192, 12.16%). Only 2.34% cases had travel TRANS history from Wuhan China and Osaka music concert was identify as main cluster for community transmission TRANS. While 556 (46.64%) cases were clinically diagnosed and 557 (46.72%) were confirmed by using RT-PCR. Conclusions: Other than, declare emergency MESHD Japan need to change their approach of diagnosing COVID-19, as asymptomatic TRANS cases prevalence SERO is high and maybe it is reason for current sudden increase of cases. Screening centre should be establish away from hospitals, which are treating positive cases.

    Positive Epstein-Barr virus detection in corona virus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) patients

    Authors: Ting Chen; Jiayi Song; Hongli Liu; Hongmei Zheng; Changzheng Chen

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-04-06 Source: ResearchSquare

    Background Since December 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused an outbreak of corona virus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China. The Objective of this study was to detect the EBV coinfection MESHD in COVID-19.Methods In this retrospective single-center study, we included 67 patients with confirmed COVID-19 in Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University from January 9 to February 29, 2020. Patients were divided into EBV seropositive group and seronegative group according to the serological results SERO of EBV, and the characteristics differences between the two groups were compared.Results 67 COVID-19 patients were included in our study. The median age TRANS was 37 years, with 35 (52.2%) females TRANS. Among these COVID-19 patients, 37 (55.2%) patients were seropositive for EBV viral capsid antigen (VCA) IgM antibody SERO. EBV seropositive COVID-19 patients had a 3.09-fold risk of having a fever MESHD fever HP symptom than EBV seronegative (95%CI, 1.11-8.56; P=0.03). C-reactive protein (CRP) (P=0.02) and the aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (P=0.04) in EBV seropositive COVID-19 patients were higher than that in EBV seronegative patients. EB seropositive patients had a higher portion of corticosteroid use than the EB seronegative patients (P=0.03).Conclusions EBV acute infection MESHD was found in COVID-19 patients. EBV seropositivity was associated with fever MESHD fever HP and increased inflammation MESHD. EBV reactivation may affected the treatment of COVID-19.

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MeSH Disease
Human Phenotype

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