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MeSH Disease

Fever (316)

Disease (315)

Cough (217)

Infections (151)

Coronavirus Infections (114)

Human Phenotype

Fever (319)

Cough (216)

Fatigue (87)

Pneumonia (84)

Hypertension (47)


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    Self-rated smell ability enables highly specific predictors of COVID-19 status: a case control study in Israel

    Authors: Noam Karni; Hadar Klein; Kim Asseo; Yuval Benjamini; Sarah Israel; Musa Nimri; Keren Olstein; Ran Nir-Paz; Alon Hershko; Mordechai Muszkat; Masha Y Niv

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.30.20164327 Date: 2020-08-01 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Clinical diagnosis of COVID-19 poses an enormous challenge to early detection and prevention of COVID-19, which is of crucial importance for pandemic containment. Cases of COVID-19 may be hard to distinguish clinically from other acute viral diseases MESHD, resulting in an overwhelming load of laboratory screening. Sudden onset of taste and smell loss emerge as hallmark of COVID-19. The optimal ways for including these symptoms in the screening of suspected COVID-19 patients should now be established. Methods: We performed a case-control study on patients that were PCR-tested for COVID-19 (112 positive and 112 negative participants), recruited during the first wave (March 2020 - May 2020) of COVID-19 pandemic in Israel. Patients were interviewed by phone regarding their symptoms and medical history and were asked to rate their olfactory and gustatory ability before and during their illness on a 1-10 scale. Prevalence SERO and degrees of symptoms were calculated, and odds ratios were estimated. Symptoms-based logistic-regression classifiers were constructed and evaluated on a hold-out set. Results: Changes in smell and taste occurred in 68% (95% CI 60%-76%) and 72% (64%-80%), of positive patients, with 24 (11-53 range) and 12 (6-23) respective odds ratios. The ability to smell was decreased by 0.5 {+/-} 1.5 in negatives, and by 4.5 {+/-} 3.6 in positives, and to taste by 0.4 {+/-} 1.5 and 4.9 {+/-} 3.8, respectively (mean {+/-} SD). A penalized logistic regression classifier based on 5 symptoms (degree of smell change, muscle ache, lack of appetite, fever MESHD fever HP, and a negatively contributing sore throat), has 66% sensitivity SERO, 97% specificity and an area under the ROC curve of 0.83 (AUC) on a hold-out set. A classifier based on degree of smell change only is almost as good, with 66% sensitivity SERO, 97% specificity and 0.81 AUC. Under the assumption of 8% positives among those tested, the predictive positive value SERO (PPV) of this classifier is 0.68 and negative predictive value SERO (NPV) is 0.97. Conclusions: Self-reported quantitative olfactory changes, either alone or combined with other symptoms, provide a specific and powerful tool for clinical diagnosis of COVID-19. The applicability of this tool for prioritizing COVID-19 laboratory testing is facilitated by a simple calculator presented here.

    Estimates of the rate of infection and asymptomatic MESHD asymptomatic TRANS COVID-19 disease MESHD in a population sample from SE England

    Authors: Philippa M Wells; Katie M Doores; Simon Couvreur; Rocio Martin Martinez; Jeffrey Seow; Carl Graham; Sam Acors; Neophytos Kouphou; Stuart Neil; Richard Tedder; Pedro Matos; Kate Poulton; Maria Jose Lista; Ruth Dickenson; Helin Sertkaya; Thomas Maguire; Edward Scourfield; Ruth Bowyer; Deborah Hart; Aoife O'Byrne; Kathryn Steele; Oliver Hemmings; Carolina Rosadas; Myra McClure; Joan Capedevila-Pujol; Jonathan wolf; Sebastien Ourseilin; Matthew Brown; Michael Malim; Timothy Spector; Claire Steves

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.29.20162701 Date: 2020-07-30 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Understanding of the true asymptomatic TRANS rate of infection MESHD of SARS-CoV-2 is currently limited, as is understanding of the population-based seroprevalence SERO after the first wave of COVID-19 within the UK. The majority of data thus far come from hospitalised patients, with little focus on general population cases, or their symptoms. Methods: We undertook enzyme linked immunosorbent assay SERO characterisation of IgM and IgG responses against SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein and nucleocapsid protein of 431 unselected general-population participants of the TwinsUK cohort from South-East England, aged TRANS 19-86 (median age TRANS 48; 85% female TRANS). 382 participants completed prospective logging of 14 COVID-19 related symptoms via the COVID Symptom Study App, allowing consideration of serology alongside individual symptoms, and a predictive algorithm for estimated COVID-19 previously modelled on PCR positive individuals from a dataset of over 2 million. Findings: We demonstrated a seroprevalence SERO of 12% (51participants of 431). Of 48 seropositive individuals with full symptom data, nine (19%) were fully asymptomatic TRANS, and 16 (27%) were asymptomatic TRANS for core COVID-19 symptoms: fever MESHD fever HP, cough MESHD cough HP or anosmia HP. Specificity of anosmia HP for seropositivity was 95%, compared to 88% for fever MESHD fever HP cough MESHD cough HP and anosmia HP combined. 34 individuals in the cohort were predicted to be Covid-19 positive using the App algorithm, and of those, 18 (52%) were seropositive. Interpretation: Seroprevalence SERO amongst adults TRANS from London and South-East England was 12%, and 19% of seropositive individuals with prospective symptom logging were fully asymptomatic TRANS throughout the study. Anosmia HP demonstrated the highest symptom specificity for SARS-CoV-2 antibody SERO response. Funding: NIHR BRC, CDRF, ZOE global LTD, RST-UKRI/MRC

    Descriptive epidemiology of 16,780 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the United States

    Authors: Shemra Rizzo; Devika Chawla; Kelly Zalocusky; Daniel Keebler; Jenny Chia; Lisa Lindsay; Vincent Yau; Tripthi Kamath; Larry Tsai

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.17.20156265 Date: 2020-07-29 Source: medRxiv

    BACKGROUND: Despite the significant morbidity and mortality caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus disease MESHD (COVID-19), our understanding of basic disease MESHD epidemiology remains limited. This study aimed to describe key patient characteristics, comorbidities, treatments, and outcomes of a large U.S.-based cohort of patients hospitalized with COVD-19 using electronic health records (EHR). METHODS: We identified patients in the Optum De-identified COVID-19 EHR database who had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a presumptive diagnosis between 20 February 2020 and 6 June 2020. We included hospitalizations that occurred 7 days prior to, or within 21 days after, COVID-19 diagnosis. Among hospitalized patients we describe the following: vital statistics and laboratory results on admission, relevant comorbidities (using diagnostic, procedural, and revenue codes), medications (NDC, HCPC codes), ventilation, intensive care unit (ICU) stay, length of stay (LOS), and mortality. RESULTS: We identified 76,819 patients diagnosed with COVID-19, 16,780 of whom met inclusion criteria for COVID-related hospitalization. Over half the cohort was over age TRANS 50 (74.5%), overweight MESHD overweight HP or obese (77.2%), or had hypertension MESHD hypertension HP (58.1%). At admission, 30.3% of patients presented with fever MESHD fever HP (>38C) and 32.3% had low oxygen saturation (<90%). Among the 16,099 patients with complete hospital records, we observed that 58.9% had hypoxia MESHD, 23.4% had an ICU stay during hospitalization, 18.1% were ventilated, and 16.2% died. The median LOS was 6 days (IQR: 4, 11). CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this is the largest descriptive study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States. We report summary statistics of key clinical outcomes that provide insights to better understand COVID-19 disease MESHD epidemiology.

    Examining Australian's beliefs, misconceptions, and sources of information for COVID-19: A national online survey

    Authors: Rae Thomas; Hannah Greenwood; Zoe A Michaleff; Eman Abukmail; Tammy Hoffmann; Kirsten J McCaffery; Leah Hardiman; Paul Glasziou

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.27.20163204 Date: 2020-07-29 Source: medRxiv

    Objective: Public cooperation to practice preventive health behaviours is essential to manage the transmission TRANS of infectious diseases MESHD such as COVID-19. We aimed to investigate beliefs about COVID-19 diagnosis, transmission TRANS and prevention that have the potential to impact the uptake of recommended public health strategies. Design: An online cross-sectional survey conducted May 8 to May 11 2020. Participants: A national sample of 1500 Australian adults TRANS with representative quotas for age TRANS and gender TRANS provided by online panel provider. Main outcome measure: Proportion of participants with correct/incorrect knowledge of COVID-19 preventive behaviours and reasons for misconceptions. Results: Of the 1802 potential participants contacted, 289 were excluded, 13 declined, and 1500 participated in the survey (response rate 83%). Most participants correctly identified washing your hands regularly with soap and water (92%) and staying at least 1.5m away from others (90%) could help prevent COVID-19. Over 40% (incorrectly) considered wearing gloves outside of the home would prevent them contracting COVID-19. Views about face masks were divided. Only 66% of participants correctly identified that regular use of antibiotics would not prevent COVID-19. Most participants (90%) identified fever MESHD fever HP, fatigue MESHD fatigue HP and cough MESHD cough HP as indicators of COVID-19. However, 42% of participants thought that being unable to hold your breath for 10 seconds without coughing MESHD coughing HP was an indicator of having the virus. The most frequently reported sources of COVID-19 information were commercial television channels (56%), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (43%), and the Australian Government COVID-19 information app (31%). Conclusions: Public messaging about hand hygiene and physical distancing to prevent transmission TRANS appear to have been effective. However, there are clear, identified barriers for many individuals that have the potential to impede uptake or maintenance of these behaviours in the long-term. Currently these non-drug interventions are our only effective strategy to combat this pandemic. Ensuring ongoing adherence to is critical.

    Association of olfactory dysfunction with hospitalization for COVID-19: a multicenter study in Kurdistan

    Authors: Hosna Zobairy; Erfan Shamsoddin; Mohammad Aziz Rasouli; Nasrollah Veisi Khodlan; Ghobad Moradi; Bushra Zareie; Sara Teymori; Jalal Asadi; Ahmad Sofi-Mahmudi; Ahmad R. Sedaghat

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.26.20158550 Date: 2020-07-28 Source: medRxiv

    Objective: To evaluate the association of olfactory dysfunction (OD) with hospitalization for COVID-19. Study Design: Multi-center cohort study. Setting: Emergency MESHD departments of thirteen COVID-19-designed hospitals in Kurdistan province, Iran. Subjects and Methods: Patients presenting with flu-like symptoms who tested positive by RT-PCR for COVID-19 between May 1st and 31st, 2020. At the time of presentation and enrollment, patients were asked about the presence of OD, fever MESHD fever HP, cough MESHD cough HP, shortness of breath, headache MESHD headache HP, rhinorrhea HP and sore throat. The severity of OD was assessed on an 11-point scale from 0 (none) to 10 ( anosmia HP). Patients were either hospitalized or sent home for outpatient care based on standardized criteria. Results: Of 203 patients, who presented at a mean of 6 days into the COVID-19 disease MESHD course, 25 patients (12.3%) had new OD and 138 patients (68.0%) were admitted for their COVID-19. Patients admitted for COVID-19 had a higher prevalence SERO of all symptoms assessed, including OD (p<0.05 in all cases), and OD identified admitted patients with 84.0% sensitivity SERO and 34.3% specificity. On univariate logistic regression, hospitalization was associated with OD (odds ratio [OR] = 2.47, 95%CI: 1.085-6.911, p=0.049). However, hospitalization for COVID-19 was not associated with OD (OR=3.22, 95% CI: 0.57-18.31, p=0.188) after controlling for confounding demographics and comorbidities. Conclusion: OD may be associated with hospitalization for (and therefore more severe) COVID-19. However, this association between OD and COVID-19 severity is more likely driven by patient characteristics linked to OD, such as greater numbers of COVID-19 symptoms experienced or high-risk comorbidities.

    Patient characteristics and predictors of mortality in 470 adults TRANS admitted to a district general hospital in England with Covid-19

    Authors: Joseph V Thompson; Nevan Meghani; Bethan M Powell; Ian Newell; Roanna Craven; Gemma Skilton; Lydia J Bagg; Irha Yaqoob; Michael J Dixon; Eleanor J Evans; Belina Kambele; Asif Rehman; Georges Ng Man Kwong

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.21.20153650 Date: 2020-07-27 Source: medRxiv

    Background Understanding risk factors for death MESHD in Covid 19 is key to providing good quality clinical care. Due to a paucity of robust evidence, we sought to assess the presenting characteristics of patients with Covid 19 and investigate factors associated with death MESHD. Methods Retrospective analysis of adults TRANS admitted with Covid 19 to Royal Oldham Hospital, UK. Logistic regression modelling was utilised to explore factors predicting death MESHD. Results 470 patients were admitted, of whom 169 (36%) died. The median age TRANS was 71 years (IQR 57 to 82), and 255 (54.3%) were men. The most common comorbidities were hypertension MESHD hypertension HP (n=218, 46.4%), diabetes (n=143, 30.4%) and chronic neurological disease MESHD (n=123, 26.1%). The most frequent complications were acute kidney injury MESHD acute kidney injury HP (n=157, 33.4%) and myocardial injury (n=21, 4.5%). Forty three (9.1%) patients required intubation and ventilation, and 39 (8.3%) received non-invasive ventilation Independent risk factors for death MESHD were increasing age TRANS (OR per 10 year increase above 40 years 1.87, 95% CI 1.57 to 2.27), hypertension MESHD hypertension HP (OR 1.72, 1.10 to 2.70), cancer (OR 2.20, 1.27 to 3.81), platelets <150x103/microlitre (OR 1.93, 1.13 to 3.30), C-reactive protein >100 micrograms/mL (OR 1.68, 1.05 to 2.68), >50% chest radiograph infiltrates, (OR 2.09, 1.16 to 3.77) and acute kidney injury MESHD acute kidney injury HP (OR 2.60, 1.64 to 4.13). There was no independent association between death MESHD and gender TRANS, ethnicity, deprivation level, fever MESHD fever HP, SpO2/FiO2 (oxygen saturation index), lymphopenia MESHD lymphopenia HP or other comorbidities. Conclusions We characterised the first wave of patients with Covid 19 in one of Englands highest incidence areas, determining which factors predict death MESHD. These findings will inform clinical and shared decision making, including the use of respiratory support and therapeutic agents.

    Coronavirus Disease MESHD (COVID-19): Reviews, Applications, and Current Status

    Authors: Tanweer Alam

    id:10.20944/preprints202007.0641.v1 Date: 2020-07-26 Source:

    Currently, the COVID‐19 has directly affected the millions of humans lives. The symptoms of the disease MESHD involving fever MESHD fever HP, malaise, chest infection MESHD, and breathing difficulties, were identified, and its existence is continuously becoming restructured. The World Health Organization (WHO) had mentioned the wide diagnostics test besides COVID-19 that would also assist medical facilities to recognize infectious diseases as well MESHD as currently focusing efficiently on preventing and afterward defeating this viral disease MESHD. The infection MESHD is usually transmitted among human beings in direct contact, greatest through the liquid bubbles generated through cough MESHD cough HP, sneeze MESHD sneeze HP, or speaking. This paper reviews the COVID 19 pandemic, its history, current updates, contact tracing TRANS applications, and use of emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain for stopping the spreading and provide service online to the patient from a distance.

    Pandemic of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Saudi Arabia

    Authors: Maryam Ahmed Awaji

    id:10.20944/preprints202007.0549.v1 Date: 2020-07-23 Source:

    Introduction Most cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection MESHD occurred in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December 2019 in the form of acute pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP. COVID-19 virus infects people of all ages TRANS. The most affected elderly TRANS people with underlying medical conditions. This may cause various symptoms such as fever MESHD fever HP, difficulty breathing, lung infection MESHD, coughing MESHD coughing HP and sneezing MESHD sneezing HP. Aim The aim of the present study to highlight the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia. Method A search was conducted using the relevant keywords to retrieve the studies conducted in Saudi Arabia regarding COVID-19. The search was by Google Scholar, Pub MED, and Twitter. Conclusion The COVID-19 pandemic carries multiple-risk, and public health groups, such as the United States' Centres for Disease MESHD Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are monitoring the pandemic and posting updates on their website. These groups have also made recommendations on disease MESHD prevention and treatment, and according to the Saudi Centres for Disease MESHD Control, they have also included the necessary public health measures for mandatory reporting by calling a certain number and through the e-health monitoring network.

    A nomogram for predicting the severity of COVID-19 using laboratory examination and CT findings 

    Authors: Yani Kuang; Susu He; Shuangxiang Lin; Rui Zhu; Rongzhen Zhou; Jian Wang; Renzhan Li; Haiyong Lin; Zhibang Zhang; Peipei Pang; Wenbin Ji

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-07-21 Source: ResearchSquare

    Background: The outbreak of COVID-19 has a significant impact on the health of people around the world. In the clinical condition of COVID-19, the condition of critical cases changes rapidly with a high mortality rate. Therefore, early prediction of disease MESHD severity and active intervention play an important role in the prognosis of severe patients.Methods: All the patients with COVID-19 in Taizhou city were retrospectively included and segregated into the non-severe and severe group according to the severity of the disease MESHD. The clinical manifestations, laboratory examination results, and imaging findings of the 2 groups were analysed for comparing the differences between the 2 groups. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were used for screening the factors that could predict the disease MESHD, and the nomogram was constructed.Results: A total of 143 laboratory- confirmed cases TRANS were included in the study, including 110 non-severe patients and 33 severe patients. The median age TRANS of patients was 47 years (range, 4–86 years). Fever MESHD Fever HP (73.4%) and cough MESHD cough HP (63.6%) were the most common initial clinical symptoms. By using the method of multivariate logistic regression, the variables to construct nomogram include age TRANS (OR: 1.052, 95% CI: 1.020–1.086, P = 0.001), body temperature (OR: 2.252, 95% CI: 1.139–4.450, P = 0.020), lymphocyte count (OR: 1.128, 95% CI: 1.000–1.272, P = 0.049), ADA (OR: 1.163, 95% CI: 1.023–1.323, P = 0.021), PaO2 (OR: 0.972, 95% CI: 0.953–0.992, P = 0.007), IL-10 (OR: 1.184, 95% CI: 1.037–1.351, P = 0.012), and bronchiectasis MESHD bronchiectasis HP (OR: 3.818, 95% CI: 1.694–8.605, P = 0.001). The AUC of the established nomogram was 0.877.Conclusions: This study established a stable nomogram for predicting the severity of COVID-19, and the clinicians can use the established nomogram for predicting the severity of newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients and to conduct active intervention for minimising the mortality rate and improving the prognosis of severe patients.

    Implications of the COVID-19 lockdown on dengue MESHD transmission TRANS and the occurrence of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) in Malaysia

    Authors: Song-Quan Ong; Hamdan Ahmad; Ahmad Mohiddin Mohd. Ngesom

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.21.214056 Date: 2020-07-21 Source: bioRxiv

    The impact of movement restrictions (MRs) during the COVID-19 lockdown on the existing endemic infectious disease MESHD dengue MESHD fever MESHD fever HP has generated considerable research interest. We compared the curve of weekly epidemiological records of dengue MESHD incidences during the period of lockdown to the trend of previous years (2015 to 2019) and a simulation at the corresponding period that expected no MRs and found that the dengue MESHD incidence declined significantly with a greater magnitude at phase 1 of lockdown, with a negative gradient of 3.2-fold steeper than the trend observed in previous years, indicating that the control of population movement did reduce dengue MESHD transmission TRANS. However, starting from phase 2 of lockdown, the dengue MESHD incidences demonstrated an elevation and earlier rebound by 4 weeks and grew with an exponential pattern. Together with our data on Aedes mosquitoes, we proposed a stronger diffusive effect of vector dispersal that led to a higher rate of transmission TRANS. From the result of the Aedes survey using human landing caught (HLC), we revealed that Aedes albopictus is the predominant species for both indoor and outdoor environments, with the abundance increasing steadily during the period of lockdown. We only recovered Aedes aegypti from the indoor environment, which is relatively fewer than Ae. albopictus, by contrasting their population growth, which suggested that Ae. albopictus invaded and colonized the habitat of Ae. aegypti during the period of lockdown. These findings would help authorities review the direction and efforts of the vector control strategy. Author summaryCOVID-19 pandemic is taking hold globally and dengue MESHD fever MESHD fever HP transmission TRANS is not on the top of the list of concerns. With a partial lockdown implemented by Malaysia on 18 March, we postulate the movement restrictions (MRs) of people in large-scale would hamper the regular dengue MESHD transmission TRANS and aim to reveal the impact of MRs on both dengue MESHD incidences and Aedes mosquitoes. We showed a significant decline of dengue MESHD incidences at the beginning of lockdown but later rebounded at an earlier time and higher rate compared to the corresponding period of previous years. Our result also reviews how adaptive the Ae. albopictus with the movement of the host, as the human contained in the house, the abundance of the mosquitoes increased significantly during the period of lockdown. We also suggest that Ae. albopictus could be the key substitution vector that contributes significantly to dengue MESHD virus circulation, and therefore, the vector control direction and strategies should be redesigned.

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Human Phenotype

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