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MeSH Disease

Myalgia (75)

Fever (63)

Cough (60)

Fatigue (50)

Disease (42)

Human Phenotype

Myalgia (75)

Fever (63)

Cough (60)

Fatigue (50)

Headache (25)


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    SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence SERO Across a Diverse Cohort of Healthcare Workers

    Authors: Joseph Ebinger; Gregory J. Botwin; Christine M. Albert; Mona Alotaibi; Moshe Arditi; Anders H. Berg; Aleksandra Binek; Patrick G. Botting; Justyna Fert-Bober; Jane C. Figueiredo; Jonathan D. Grein; Wohaib Hasan; Mir Henglin; Shehnaz K. Hussain; Mohit Jain; Sandy Joung; Michael Karin; Elizabeth H Kim; Dalin Li; Yunxian Liu; Eric Luong; Dermot P.B. McGovern; Akil Merchant; Noah M. Merin; Peggy B. Miles; Margo Minissian; Trevor-Trung Nguyen; Koen Raedschelders; Mohamad A. Rashid; Celine E. Riera; Richard V. Riggs; Sonia Sharma; Sarah Sternbach; Nancy Sun; Warren G. Tourtellotte; Jennifer E. Van Eyk; Kimia Sobhani; Jonathan G. Braun; Susan Cheng

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.31.20163055 Date: 2020-08-04 Source: medRxiv

    Importance: Antibody testing SERO is important for understanding patterns of exposure and potential immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Prior data on seroprevalence SERO have been subject to variations in selection of individuals and nature as well as timing of testing in relation to exposures. Objective: We sought to determine the extent of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalance and the factors associated with seroprevelance across a diverse cohort of healthcare workers. Design: Observational cohort study of healthcare workers, including SARS-CoV-2 serology testing and participant questionaires. Participants: A diverse and unselected population of adults TRANS (n=6,062) employed in a multi-site healthcare delivery system located in Los Angeles County, including individuals with direct patient contact and others with non-patient-oriented work functions. Exposure: Exposure and infection MESHD with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as determined by seropositivity. Main Outcomes: Using Bayesian and multi-variate analyses, we estimated seroprevalence SERO and factors associated with seropositivity and antibody SERO titers, including pre-existing demographic and clinical characteristics; potential Covid-19 illness related exposures; and, symptoms consistent with Covid-19 infection MESHD. Results: We observed a seroprevalence SERO rate of 4.1%, with anosmia HP as the most prominently associated self-reported symptom in addition to fever MESHD fever HP, dry cough MESHD cough HP, anorexia MESHD anorexia HP, and myalgias MESHD myalgias HP. After adjusting for potential confounders, pre-existing medical conditions were not associated with antibody SERO positivity. However, seroprevalence SERO was associated with younger age TRANS, Hispanic ethnicity, and African-American race, as well as presence of either a personal or household member having a prior diagnosis of Covid-19. Importantly, African American race and Hispanic ethnicity were associated with antibody SERO positivity even after adjusting for personal Covid-19 diagnosis status, suggesting the contribution of unmeasured structural or societally factors. Notably, number of people, or children TRANS, in the home was not associated with antibody SERO positivity. Conclusion and Relevance: The demographic factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence SERO among our healthcare workers underscore the importance of exposure sources beyond the workplace. The size and diversity of our study population, combined with robust survey and modeling techniques, provide a vibrant picture of the demographic factors, exposures, and symptoms that can identify individuals with susceptibility as well as potential to mount an immune response to Covid-19.

    COVID-19 infection MESHD among healthcare workers: a cross-sectional study in southwest Iran

    Authors: Golnar Sabetian; Mohsen Moghadami; Leila Hashemizadeh Fard Haghighi; Mohammad Javad Fallahi; Reza Shahriarirad; Naeimehossadat Asmarian; Yalda Sadat Moeini

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-07-22 Source: ResearchSquare

    Objective: With the novel coronavirus pandemic, the impact on the healthcare system and workers cannot be overlooked.  However, studies on the infection MESHD status of medical personnel are still lacking. It is imperative to ensure the safety of health-care workers (HCWs) not only to safeguard continuous patient care but also to ensure they do not transmit the virus, therefore evaluation infection MESHD rates in these groups are indicated.Methods: Demographic and clinical data regarding infected cases among HCWs of Fars, Iran with positive SARS‐CoV‐2 PCR tests were obtained from 10th March to 16th May.Results: Our data demonstrated a rate of 5.62% (273 out of 4854 cases) infection MESHD among HCW, with a mean age TRANS of 35 years and a dominance of female TRANS cases (146 cases: 53.5%). The majority of infected cases were among nurses (51.3%) while the most case infection MESHD rate (CIR) was among physicians (27 out of 842 performed test (3.2%)). Also, the highest rate of infection MESHD was in the emergency MESHD rooms (30.6%). Also, 35.5% of the patients were asymptomatic TRANS and the most frequent clinical features among symptomatic patients were myalgia MESHD myalgia HP (46%) and cough MESHD cough HP (45.5%). Although 5.5% were admitted to hospitals, there were no reports of ICU admission. Furthermore, 10.3% of the cases reported transmitting the infection MESHD to family and friends TRANS. Regarding safety precautions, 1.6% didn't wear masks and 18.7% didn't use gloves in work environments. Conclusion: HCWs are among the highest groups at risk of infection TRANS risk of infection TRANS infection MESHD during the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, analysis of the infection MESHD status of these groups is vital to maintain enough attention from the public, provide effective suggestions for government agencies and expanding protective measures is essential to decrease infection MESHD rates.

    Older adults TRANS hospitalized with Covid-19: Clinical characteristics and early outcomes from a single center in Istanbul, Turkey 

    Authors: Alpay Medetalibeyoğlu; Naci Senkal; Murat Kose; Yunus Catma; Emine Bilge Caparali; Mustafa Erelel; Mustafa Oral Oncul; Gulistan Bahat; Tufan Tukek

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-07-22 Source: ResearchSquare

    Objective: Older adults TRANS have been continuously reported to be at higher risk for adverse outcomes of Covid-19. We aimed to describe clinical characteristics and early outcomes of the older Covid-19 patients hospitalized in our center comparatively with the younger patients, and also to analyze the triage factors that were related to the in-hospital mortality of older adults TRANS.Design: Retrospective; observational studySetting: Istanbul Faculty of Medicine hospital, TurkeyParticipants: 362 hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 from March 11 to May 11, 2020.Measurements: The demographic information; associated comorbidities; presenting clinical, laboratory, radiological characteristics on admission and outcomes from the electronic medical records were analyzed comparatively between the younger (<65 years) and older (≥65 years) adults TRANS. Factors associated with in-hospital mortality of the older adults TRANS were analyzed by multivariate regression analyses.Results: The median age TRANS was 56 years (interquartile range [IQR], 46-67), and 224 (61.9%) were male TRANS. There were 104 (28.7%) patients ≥65 years of age TRANS. More than half of the patients (58%) had one or more chronic comorbidity. The three most common presenting symptoms in the older patients were fatigue MESHD fatigue HP/ myalgia MESHD myalgia HP (89.4%), dry cough MESHD cough HP (72.1%), and fever MESHD fever HP (63.5%). Cough MESHD Cough HP and fever MESHD fever HP were significantly less prevalent in older adults TRANS compared to younger patients (p=0.001 and 0.008, respectively). Clinically severe pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP was present in 31.5% of the study population being more common in older adults TRANS (49% vs. 24.4%) (p<0.001). The laboratory parameters that were significantly different between the older and younger adults TRANS were as follows: the older patients had significantly higher CRP, D-dimer, TnT, pro-BNP, procalcitonin levels, higher prevalence SERO of lymphopenia MESHD lymphopenia HP, neutrophilia HP, increased creatinine, and lower hemoglobin, ALT, albumin level (p<0.05). In the radiological evaluation, more than half of the patients (54.6%) had moderate-severe pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP, which was more prevalent in older patients (66% vs. 50%) (p=0.006). The adverse outcomes were significantly more prevalent in older adults TRANS compared to the younger patients (ICU admission, 28.8% vs. 8.9%; mortality, 23.1% vs. 4.3%, p<0.001).  Among the triage evaluation parameters, the only factor associated with higher mortality was the presence of clinically severe pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP on admission (Odds Ratio=12.3, 95% confidence interval=2.7-55.5, p=0.001).Conclusion: Older patients presented with more prevalent chronic comorbidities, less prevalent symptomatology but more severe respiratory signs and laboratory abnormalities than the younger patients. Among the triage assessment factors, the clinical evaluation of pulmonary involvement came in front to help clinicians to stratify the patients for mortality risk.

    COVID-19 Case Series at UnityPoint Health St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Authors: Daniel E McGrail; Dianna Edwards

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.17.20156521 Date: 2020-07-19 Source: medRxiv

    A retrospective, descriptive study of all patients tested for SARS-CoV2 on admission for illness to a community hospital in Iowa from 3/21/20 thru 6/14/20 consisted of evaluation as to demographics, presentation and hospital course. Ninety-one patients were SARS-CoV2 PCR+ with 63% being male TRANS and a median age TRANS of 60. Cardiovascular disease MESHD was a significant comorbidity in the PCR+ group. Fever MESHD Fever HP, cough MESHD cough HP, dyspnea MESHD dyspnea HP, nausea MESHD nausea HP, emesis, diarrhea MESHD diarrhea HP, headache MESHD headache HP and myalgias MESHD myalgias HP were significantly more common in that group, as was an elevated CRP, LDH, serum SERO ferritin and transaminases. Overall survival of the COVID-19 patients was 88%, 77% in the critically ill, 59% of those mechanically ventilated and 33% of those requiring new dialysis. Survival was 93% in those not receiving any antivirals. Survival of those treated with hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin was 92%, compared to 86% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone. The latter two groups were significantly more ill than the untreated group. A transition from an early intubation strategy to aggressive utilization of high flow nasal cannula and noninvasive ventilation(i.e BiPAP) was successful in freeing up ICU resources.

    Clinical characteristics of children TRANS and young people hospitalised with covid-19 in the United Kingdom: prospective multicentre observational cohort study

    Authors: Olivia V Swann; Karl A Holden; Lance Turtle; Louisa Pollock; Cameron J Fairfield; Thomas M Drake; Sohan Seth; Conor Egan; Hayley Hardwick; Sophie Halpin; Michelle Girvan; Chloe Donohue; Mark G Pritchard; Latifa Patel; Shamez Ladhani; Louise Sigfrid; Ian P Sinha; Piero L Olliaro; Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam; Peter W Horby; Laura Merson; Gail Carson; W Jake Dunning; Peter JM Openshaw; J Kenneth Baillie; Ewen M Harrison; Annemarie B Docherty; Malcolm Gracie Semple; - ISARIC Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium (ISARIC4C) Investigators

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.14.20153320 Date: 2020-07-17 Source: medRxiv

    Objective To characterise the clinical features of children TRANS and young people admitted to hospital with laboratory-confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome MESHD coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection MESHD in the UK, and explore factors associated with admission to critical care, mortality, and development of multisystem inflammatory syndrome MESHD in children TRANS and adolescents temporarily related to covid-19 (MIS-C). Design Prospective observational cohort study with rapid data gathering and near real time analysis. Setting 260 acute care hospitals in England, Wales, and Scotland between 17th January and 5th June 2020, with a minimal follow-up time of two weeks (to 19th June 2020). Participants 451 children TRANS and young people aged TRANS less than 19 years admitted to 116 hospitals and enrolled into the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emergency MESHD Infections MESHD Consortium (ISARIC) WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol UK study with laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2. Main Outcome Measures Admission to critical care (high dependency or intensive care), in-hospital mortality, or meeting the WHO preliminary case definition for MIS-C. Results Median age TRANS was 3.9 years [interquartile range (IQR) 0.3-12.9 years], 36% (162/451) were under 12 months old, and 57% (256/450) were male TRANS. 56% (224/401) were White, 12% (49/401) South Asian and 10% (40/401) Black. 43% (195/451) had at least one recorded comorbidity. A muco-enteric cluster of symptoms was identified, closely mirroring the WHO MIS-C criteria. 17% of children TRANS (72/431) were admitted to critical care. On multivariable analysis this was associated with age TRANS under one month odds ratio 5.05 (95% confidence interval 1.69 to 15.72, p=0.004), age TRANS 10 to 14 years OR 3.11 (1.21 to 8.55, p=0.022) and Black ethnicity OR 3.02 (1.30 to 6.84, p=0.008). Three young people died (0.7 %, 3/451) aged TRANS 16 to 19 years, all of whom had profound comorbidity. Twelve percent of children TRANS (36/303) met the WHO MIS-C criteria, with the first patient developing symptoms in mid-March. Those meeting MIS-C criteria were older, (median age TRANS 10.8 years ([IQR 8.4-14.1] vs 2.0 [0.2-12.6]), p<0.001) and more likely to be of non-White ethnicity (70% (23/33) vs 43% (101/237), p=0.005). Children TRANS with MIS-C were four times more likely to be admitted to critical care (61% (22/36) vs 15% (40/267, p<0.001). In addition to the WHO criteria, children TRANS with MIS-C were more likely to present with headache MESHD headache HP (45% (13/29) vs 11% (19/171), p<0.001), myalgia MESHD myalgia HP (39% (11/28) vs 7% (12/170), p<0.001), sore throat (37% (10/27) vs (13% (24/183, p = 0.004) and fatigue MESHD fatigue HP (57% (17/30) vs 31% (60/192), p =0.012) than children TRANS who did not and to have a platelet count of less than 150 x109/L (30% (10/33) vs 10% (24/232), p=0.004). Conclusions Our data confirms less severe covid-19 in children TRANS and young people than in adults TRANS and we provide additional evidence for refining the MIS-C case definition. The identification of a muco-enteric symptom cluster also raises the suggestion that MIS-C is the severe end of a spectrum of disease MESHD. Study registration ISRCTN66726260

    RT-PCR testing to detect a COVID-19 outbreak in Austria: rapid, accurate and early diagnosis in primary care (The REAP study)

    Authors: Werner Leber; Oliver Lammel; Monika Redlberger-Fritz; Maria Elisabeth Mustafa-Korninger; Karin Stiasny; Reingard Christina Glehr; Eva-Maria Hochstrasser; Christian Hoellinger; Andrea Siebenhofer; Chris Griffiths; Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.13.20152439 Date: 2020-07-15 Source: medRxiv

    Background Delay in COVID-19 detection has led to a major pandemic. We report rapid early detection of SARS-CoV-2 by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), comparing it to the serostatus of convalescent infection MESHD, at an Austrian National Sentinel Surveillance Practice in an isolated ski-resort serving a population of 22,829 people. Methods Retrospective dataset of all 73 patients presenting with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms to a sentinel practice in the ski-resort of Schladming-Dachstein, Austria, between 24 February and 03 April, 2020. We split the outbreak in two halves, by dividing the period from the first to the last case by two, to characterise the following three cohorts of patients with confirmed infection TRANS infection MESHD: people with reactive RT-PCR presenting during the first half (early acute infection MESHD) vs. those presenting in the second half (late acute), and people with non-reactive RT-PCR (late convalescent). For each cohort we report the number of cases detected, the accuracy of RT-PCR and the duration of symptoms. We also report multivariate regression of 15 clinical symptoms as covariates, comparing all people with convalescent infection MESHD to those with acute infection MESHD. Findings All 73 patients had SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing. 22 patients were diagnosed with COVID-19, comprising: 8 patients presenting early acute, and 7 presenting late acute and 7 late convalescent respectively; 44 patients tested SARS-COV-2 negative, and 7 were excluded. RT-PCR sensitivity SERO was high (100%) among acute presenters, but dropped to 50% in the second half of the outbreak; specificity was 100%. The mean duration of symptoms was 2 days (range 1-4) among early acute presenters, and 4.4 days (1-7) among late acute and 8 days (2-12) among late convalescent presenters respectively. Convalescent infection MESHD was only associated with loss of taste (ORs=6.02;p=0.047). Acute infection MESHD was associated with loss of taste (OR=571.72;p=0.029), nausea MESHD nausea and vomiting HP and vomiting MESHD (OR=370.11;p=0.018), breathlessness (OR=134.46;p=0.049), and myalgia MESHD myalgia HP (OR=121.82;p=0.032); but not loss of smell, fever MESHD fever HP or cough MESHD cough HP. Interpretation RT-PCR rapidly and reliably detects early COVID-19 among people presenting with viral illness and multiple symptoms in primary care, particularly during the early phase of an outbreak. RT-PCR testing in primary care should be prioritised for effective COVID-19 prevention and control.

    Post lockdown COVID-19 seroprevalence SERO and circulation at the time of delivery, France

    Authors: Jeremie Mattern; Christelle Vauloup-Fellous; Hoda Zakaria; Alexandra Benachi; Julie Carrara; Alexandra Letourneau; Nadege Bourgeois-Nicolaos; Daniele De Luca; Florence Doucet-Populaire; Alexandre J. Vivanti

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.14.20153304 Date: 2020-07-15 Source: medRxiv

    Background To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown has been decreed in many countries worldwide. The impact of pregnancy as a severity risk factor is still debated, but strict lockdown measures have been recommended for pregnant women. Objectives To evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on the seroprevalence SERO and circulation of SARS-CoV-2 in a maternity ward in an area that has been significantly affected by the virus. Study design Prospective study at the Antoine Beclere Hospital maternity ward (Paris area, France) from May 4 (one week before the end of lockdown) to May 31, 2020 (three weeks after the end of lockdown). All patients admitted to the delivery room during this period were offered a SARS-CoV-2 serology test as well concomitant SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR on a nasopharyngeal sample. Results A total of 249 women were included. Seroprevalence SERO of SARS-CoV-2 was 8%. The RT-PCR positive rate was 0.5%. 47.4% of the SARS-CoV-2-IgG-positive pregnant women never experienced any symptoms. A history of symptoms during the epidemic, such as fever MESHD fever HP, myalgia MESHD myalgia HP and anosmia HP, was suggestive of previous infection MESHD. Conclusions Three weeks after the end of lockdown, SARS-CoV-2 infections MESHD were scarce in our region. A high proportion of SARS-CoV-2-IgG-negative pregnant women must be taken into consideration in the event of a resurgence of the pandemic in order to adapt public health measures to reduce exposure to the virus, such as social distancing and teleworking for this specific population.

    Placental SARS-CoV-2 in a patient with mild COVID-19 disease MESHD

    Authors: Albert L. Hsu; Minhui Guan; Eric Johannesen; Amanda J. Stephens; Nabila Khaleel; Nikki Kagan; Breanna C. Tuhlei; Xiu-Feng Wan

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.11.20149344 Date: 2020-07-14 Source: medRxiv

    Background: The full impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy remains uncharacterized. Current literature suggests minimal maternal, fetal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality,1 and COVID-19 manifestations appear similar between pregnant and non-pregnant women.2 We present a case of placental SARS-CoV-2 virus in a woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy and mild COVID-19 disease MESHD. Methods: A pregnant woman was evaluated at University of Missouri Women and Childrens Hospital. Institutional review board approval was obtained; information was obtained from medical records. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was performed to detect SARS-CoV-2. A gynecological pathologist examined the placenta and performed histolopathology. Sections were formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded; slides were cut and subjected to hematoxylin-and-eosin or immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining. IHC was performed with specific monoclonal antibodies SERO to detect SARS-CoV-2 antigen or to identify trophoblasts. Findings: A 29 year-old multigravida presented at 40-4/7 weeks for labor induction. With myalgias MESHD myalgias HP two days prior, she tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Her parents TRANS were in self-isolation for COVID-19 positivity; husband was asymptomatic TRANS and tested negative for COVID-19, but exposed to a workplace (meatpacking facility) outbreak. Prenatal course was uncomplicated, with no gestational hypertension MESHD hypertension HP. She was afebrile and asymptomatic TRANS with normal vital signs throughout hospitalization. Her myalgias MESHD myalgias HP improved prior to admission. A liveborn male TRANS infant was delivered vaginally. Newborn course was uneventful; he was appropriate for gestational age TRANS, physical was unremarkable, and he was discharged home at 36 hours. COVID-19 RT-PCR test was negative at 24 hours. At one-week follow-up, newborn was breastfeeding well, with no fevers MESHD fevers HP or respiratory distress HP. Overall placental histology is consistent with acute uterine hypoxia MESHD (subchorionic laminar necrosis MESHD) superimposed on chronic uterine hypoxia MESHD (extra-villous trophoblasts and focal chronic villitis). IHC using SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid-specific monoclonal antibody SERO demonstrated SARS-CoV-2 antigens throughout the placenta in chorionic villi endothelial cells, and rarely in CK7-expressing trophoblasts. Negative control placenta (November 2019 delivery) and ferret nasal turbinate tissues (not shown) were negative for SARS-CoV-2. Interpretation: In this report, SARS-CoV-2 was found in the placenta, but newborn was COVID-19 negative. Our case shows maternal vascular malperfusion, with no features of fetal vascular malperfusion. To our knowledge, this is the first report of placental COVID-19 despite mild COVID-19 disease MESHD in pregnancy (with no symptoms of COVID-19 aside from myalgias MESHD myalgias HP); specifically, this patient had no fever MESHD fever HP, cough MESHD cough HP, or shortness of breath, but only myalgias MESHD myalgias HP and sick contacts. Despite her having mild COVID-19 disease MESHD in pregnancy, we demonstrate placental vasculopathy and presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus across the placenta. Evidence of placental COVID-19 raises concern for possible placental vasculopathy (potentially leading to fetal growth restriction, pre-eclampsia MESHD eclampsia HP, and other pregnancy complications MESHD) as well as for potential vertical transmission TRANS -- especially for pregnant women who may be exposed to COVID-19 in early pregnancy. Further studies are urgently needed, to determine whether women with mild, pre-symptomatic, or asymptomatic TRANS COVID-19 may have SARS-CoV-2 virus that can cross the placenta, cause fetal vascular malperfusion, and possibly affect the fetus. This raises important public health and public policy questions of whether future pregnancy guidance should include stricter pandemic precautions, such as screening for a wider array of COVID-19 symptoms, increased antenatal surveillance, and possibly routine COVID-19 testing on a regular basis throughout pregnancy.

    Longitudinal symptom dynamics of COVID-19 infection MESHD in primary care

    Authors: Barak Mizrahi; Smadar Shilo; Hagai Rossman; Nir Kalkstein; Karni Marcus; Yael Barer; Ayya Keshet; Na'ama Shamir-Stein; Varda Shalev; Anat Ekka Zohar; Gabriel Chodick; Eran Segal

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.13.20151795 Date: 2020-07-14 Source: medRxiv

    Objective : Data regarding the clinical characteristics of COVID-19 infection MESHD is rapidly accumulating. However, most studies thus far are based on hospitalized patients and lack longitudinal follow up. As the majority of COVID-19 cases are not hospitalized, prospective studies of symptoms in the population presenting to primary care are needed. Here, we assess the longitudinal dynamic of clinical symptoms in non-hospitalized individuals prior to and throughout the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD. Design Data on symptoms were extracted from electronic health records (EHR) consisting of both results of PCR tests and symptoms recorded by primary care physicians, and linked longitudinal self reported symptoms. Setting The second largest Health Maintenance Organization in Israel , Maccabi Health Services Participants From 1/3/2020 to 07/06/2020, information on symptoms from either surveys or primary care visits was available for 206,377 individuals, including 2,471 who tested positive for COVID-19. Main Outcomes Longitudinal prevalence SERO of clinical symptoms in COVID-19 infection MESHD diagnosed by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal swabs. Results: In adults TRANS, the most prevalent symptoms recorded in EHR were cough MESHD cough HP (11.6%), fever MESHD fever HP (10.3%), and myalgia MESHD myalgia HP (7.7%) and the most prevalent self-reported symptoms were cough MESHD cough HP (21%), fatigue MESHD fatigue HP (19%) and rhinorrhea HP and/or nasal congestion (17%). In children TRANS, the most prevalent symptoms recorded in the EHR were fever MESHD fever HP (7%), cough MESHD cough HP (5.5%) and abdominal pain MESHD abdominal pain HP (2.4%) . Emotional disturbances were documented in 15.9% of the positive adults TRANS and 4.2% of the children TRANS. Loss of taste and smell, either self-reported or documented by a physician, 3 weeks prior to testing, were the most discriminative symptoms in adults TRANS (OR =11.18 and OR=5.47 respectively). Additional symptoms included self reported headache MESHD headache HP (OR = 2.03) and fatigue MESHD fatigue HP (OR = 1.73) and a documentation of syncope MESHD syncope HP, rhinorrhea HP (OR = 2.09 for both ) and fever MESHD fever HP (OR= 1.62 ) by a physician. Mean time to recovery TRANS was 23.5 +- 9.9 days. Children TRANS had a significantly shorter disease MESHD duration (21.7 +- 8.8 days, p-value=0.01). Several symptoms, including fatigue MESHD fatigue HP, myalgia MESHD myalgia HP, runny nose and shortness of breath were reported weeks after recovery. Conclusions As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses rapidly worldwide, obtaining accurate information on symptoms and their progression is of essence. Our study shed light on the full clinical spectrum of symptoms experienced by infected individuals in primary care, and may alert physicians for the possibility of COVID-19 infection MESHD.

    Staff testing for COVID-19 via an online pre-registration form

    Authors: Muhammad Saadiq Moolla; Arifa Parker; Mohammed Aslam Parker; Sthembiso Sithole; Leila Amien; Rubeena Chiecktey; Tasneem Bawa; Abdurasiet Mowlana

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.13.20152876 Date: 2020-07-14 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Healthcare workers are at increased risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 and potentially causing institutional outbreaks. Staff testing is critical in identifying and isolating infected individuals while also reducing unnecessary workforce depletion. Tygerberg Hospital implemented an online pre-registration system to expedite staff and cluster testing. Objectives: We aimed to identify (1) specific presentations associated with a positive or negative result for SARS-CoV-2 and (2) staff sectors where enhanced strategies for testing might be required. Methods: Retrospective descriptive study involving all clients making use of the hospital's pre-registration system during May 2020. Results: Of 799 clients, most were young and female TRANS with few comorbidities. The most common occupation was nurses followed by administrative staff, doctors and general assistants. Doctors tested earlier compared to other staff (median: 1.5 vs 4 days). The most frequent presenting symptoms were headache MESHD headache HP, sore throat, cough MESHD cough HP and myalgia MESHD myalgia HP. Amongst those testing positive (n=105), fever MESHD fever HP, altered smell, altered taste sensation, chills MESHD chills HP and history of fever MESHD fever HP were the most common symptoms. Three or more symptoms was more predictive of a positive test, but 12/145 asymptomatic TRANS clients also tested positive. Conclusion: Staff coronavirus testing using an online pre-registration form is a viable and acceptable strategy. While some presentations are less likely to be associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD, no symptom can completely exclude it. Staff testing should form part of a bundle of strategies to protect staff including wearing masks, regular hand washing, buddy screening, physical distancing, availability of PPE and special dispensation for COVID-19-related leave.

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