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Pan Afr Med J ; 36: 257, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33014253

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Since asymptomatic infections as "covert transmitter", and some patients can progress rapidly in the short term, it is essential to pay attention to the diagnosis and surveillance of asymptomatic patients with SARS-COV2 infection. CT scan has great value in screening and detecting patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, especially in the highly suspected or probable asymptomatic cases with negative RT-PCR for SARS-COV2. This study aimed to detect incidentally COVID-19 pneumonia on medical imaging for patients consulting for other reasons.


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Betacoronavirus , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico por imagem , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico por imagem , Dor Abdominal/complicações , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Doenças Assintomáticas , Lesões Encefálicas/complicações , Dor no Peito/complicações , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Feminino , Humanos , Achados Incidentais , Linfadenopatia/diagnóstico por imagem , Linfadenopatia/etiologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Derrame Pleural/diagnóstico por imagem , Derrame Pleural/etiologia , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Estudos Prospectivos , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X/métodos , Tunísia/epidemiologia , Adulto Jovem
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Discov Med ; 29(158): 145-157, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33007190

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a newly identified acute respiratory disease caused by a strain of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), has become a worldwide pandemic. From December 2019 to present, millions of cases have been reported, bringing unprecedented pressure on both health and epidemic prevention services in every country. As frontline healthcare workers, ophthalmologists face an increased threat of viral infection, not only because of close contact with patients during examinations or operations, but also due to evidence showing that ocular fluids such as tears or conjunctival secretions may carry the virus. The risk that healthcare workers face is emphasized by the loss of our colleagues who have sacrificed themselves in combating the virus. As a result, it is necessary to have a comprehensive understanding of the threats that we face. In the first part of this review, we start by explaining the structure of SARS-CoV-2 and examining its transmission and means of infection. Next, we summarize the latest scientific advancements of epidemiology, clinical presentations, and current treatments of COVID-19. In the second half of the review, we emphasize the ocular transmission, symptomatic manifestations, and the essential knowledge in an ophthalmology clinic setting. As the pandemic of COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to global health, we hope that this review makes a contribution to combating COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Oftalmopatias/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Oftalmopatias/diagnóstico , Oftalmopatias/imunologia , Oftalmopatias/terapia , Humanos , Imunização Passiva/métodos , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa/métodos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão
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Discov Med ; 29(158): 201-209, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33007195

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Sepsis is an important disorder in intensive care medicine, and the emphasis is not on infections but the imbalance in body reactions and life-threatening organ dysfunction. The infection, the imbalance in the body's reaction, and the deadly organ dysfunction are three aspects of sepsis. Currently, there is still a debate on suitable criteria for the diagnosis of patients with sepsis with continuing changes in the guidelines on sepsis management. Here we summarize recent advances on the definitions, diagnosis, and treatment in the clinical practice of sepsis management in the emergency department. We also highlight future research directions on sepsis. In particular, given the global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we briefly describe the relationship between COVID-19 and sepsis. How to manage sepsis caused by emerging pathogens such as COVID-19 is a new challenge for care professionals in the emergency department.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/terapia , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Tratamento de Emergência/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Sepse/terapia , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/complicações , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/epidemiologia , Doenças Transmissíveis Emergentes/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/organização & administração , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Sepse/diagnóstico , Sepse/virologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença
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Acta Med Indones ; 52(3): 227-245, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33020334

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BackgroundWe aimed to systematically review all relevant studies related to the risk factors and laboratory test results associated with severe illness and mortality in COVID-19 patients.MethodsWe utilised PubMed, Scopus, ProQuest, Wiley Online Library, ScienceDirect and MedRxiv to search for studies, with additional hand-searched journals. We included systematic reviews/meta-analyses, cohort and case control studies of suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases with severe illness and/or mortality as outcomes. We included laboratory test results and risk factors. We assessed risk of bias using ROBIS-I and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale assessment tool. Type of study, risk of bias, and precision of results determined evidence sufficiency.ResultsOf 26 records included, sufficient evidence suggested the association between age >60 years, hypertension, coronary heart disease, DM, serum LDH 250-500 U/L, LDH >500 U/L, and lymphopenia (lymphocyte count ≤1.0 x 109 /L) and severe illness of COVID-19. CD3+CD8+ cell count ≤ 75 cell/µl, D-dimer > 1 mg/L, AKI stage 2 and 3, proteinuria ≥1+, hematuria ≥1+, and peak serum creatinine > 13.26 µmol/L are associated with mortality.ConclusionAge >60 years, hypertension, DM, and coronary heart disease are the risk factors for severe illness of COVID-19. Laboratory test results associated with severe illness are serum LDH 250-500 U/L, LDH >500 U/L, and lymphopenia, whereas test results associated with mortality are CD3+CD8+ cell count ≤ 75 cell/µl, AKI stage 2 and 3, proteinuria ≥1+, hematuria ≥1+, D-dimer > 1 mg/L, peak serum creatinine > 13.26 µmol/L.


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Betacoronavirus , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Estado Terminal/epidemiologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Saúde Global , Humanos , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Fatores de Risco , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências
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J Med Case Rep ; 14(1): 191, 2020 Oct 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33028403

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BACKGROUND: Determining the infectiousness of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 is crucial for patient management. Medical staff usually refer to the results of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests in conjunction with clinical symptoms and computed tomographic images. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 62-year-old Japanese man who twice had positive and negative test results by polymerase chain reaction for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 over 48 days of hospitalization, including in intensive care. His respiratory symptoms and computed tomographic imaging findings consistent with coronavirus disease 2019 improved following initial intensive care, and the result of his polymerase chain reaction test became negative 3 days before discharge from the intensive care unit. However, 4 days after this first negative result, his polymerase chain reaction test result was positive again, and another 4 days later, he had a negative result once more. Eight days after the second polymerase chain reaction negative test result, the patient's test result again became positive. Finally, his polymerase chain reaction results were negative 43 days after his first hospitalization. CONCLUSIONS: This case emphasizes the importance of repeat polymerase chain reaction testing and diagnosis based on multiple criteria, including clinical symptoms and computed tomographic imaging findings. Clinical staff should consider that a negative result by polymerase chain reaction does not necessarily certify complete coronavirus disease 2019 recovery.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Avaliação de Sintomas/métodos , Tomada de Decisão Clínica , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Cuidados Críticos/métodos , Reações Falso-Negativas , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X/métodos , Resultado do Tratamento
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 749, 2020 Oct 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33050892

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BACKGROUND: Two months after the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China, tens of thousands of hospitalized patients had recovered, and little is known about the follow-up of the recovered patients. METHODS: The clinical characteristics, reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results from throat swab specimens and the results of serological COVID-19 rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) were retrospectively reviewed for a total of 758 recovered patients who were previously hospitalized in 17 hospitals and quarantined at 32 rehabilitation stations in Wuhan, China. RESULTS: In total, 59 patients (7.78%) had recurrent positive findings for COVID-19 on RT-PCR from throat swabs. With regard to antibody detection, 50/59 (84.75%) and 4/59 (6.78%) patients had positive IgG or dual positive IgG/IgM RDT results, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Some patients who had been quarantined and had subsequently recovered from COVID-19 had recurrent positive RT-PCR results for SARS-CoV-2, and the possibility of transmission of the virus by recovered patients needs further investigation. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ChiCTR2000033580 , Jun 6th 2020. Retrospectively registered.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa/métodos , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Criança , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Imunoglobulina G/sangue , Imunoglobulina M/sangue , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Estudos Retrospectivos , Fatores de Risco , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/fisiopatologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia , Adulto Jovem
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JMIR Public Health Surveill ; 6(4): e19424, 2020 10 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33001830

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) scans are increasingly available in clinical care globally. They enable a rapid and detailed assessment of tissue and organ involvement in disease processes that are relevant to diagnosis and management, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to identify differences in the CT scan findings of patients who were COVID-19 positive (confirmed via nucleic acid testing) to patients who were confirmed COVID-19 negative. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was proposed to compare patient clinical characteristics and CT scan findings in suspected COVID-19 cases. A multivariable logistic model with LASSO (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) selection for variables was used to identify the good predictors from all available predictors. The area under the curve (AUC) with 95% CI was calculated for each of the selected predictors and the combined selected key predictors based on receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. RESULTS: A total of 94 (56%) patients were confirmed positive for COVID-19 from the suspected 167 patients. We found that elderly people were more likely to be infected with COVID-19. Among the 94 confirmed positive patients, 2 (2%) patients were admitted to an intensive care unit. No patients died during the study period. We found that the presence, distribution, and location of CT lesions were associated with the presence of COVID-19. White blood cell count, cough, and a travel history to Wuhan were also the top predictors for COVID-19. The overall AUC of these selected predictors is 0.97 (95% CI 0.93-1.00). CONCLUSIONS: Taken together with nucleic acid testing, we found that CT scans can allow for the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19. This study suggests that chest CT scans should be more broadly adopted along with nucleic acid testing in the initial assessment of suspected COVID-19 cases, especially for patients with nonspecific symptoms.


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Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Tórax/diagnóstico por imagem , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X , Adolescente , Adulto , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Curva ROC , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Estudos Retrospectivos , Adulto Jovem
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JMIR Mhealth Uhealth ; 8(10): e20419, 2020 10 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33006942

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Telehealth has emerged as a crucial component of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic emergency response. Simply stated, telehealth is a tool to provide health care from a distance. Jefferson Health has leveraged its acute care telehealth platform to screen, order testing, and manage patients with COVID-19-related concerns. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to describe the expansion and results of using a telehealth program to increase access to care while minimizing additional potential exposures during the early period of the COVID-19 pandemic. METHODS: Screening algorithms for patients with SARS-CoV-2-related complaints were created, and 150 new clinicians were trained within 72 hours to address increased patient demand. Simultaneously, Jefferson Health created mobile testing sites throughout eastern Pennsylvania and the southern New Jersey region. Visit volume, the number of SARS-CoV-2 tests ordered, and the number of positive tests were evaluated, and the volume was compared with preceding time periods. RESULTS: From March 8, 2020, to April 11, 2020, 4663 patients were screened using telehealth, representing a surge in visit volume. There were 1521 patients sent to mobile testing sites, and they received a telephone call from a centralized call center for results. Of the patients who were tested, nearly 20% (n=301) had a positive result. CONCLUSIONS: Our model demonstrates how using telehealth for a referral to central testing sites can increase access to community-based care, decrease clinician exposure, and minimize the demand for personal protective equipment. The scaling of this innovation may allow health care systems to focus on preparing for and delivering hospital-based care needs.


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Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Serviços de Saúde Comunitária/organização & administração , Telemedicina , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Humanos , New Jersey/epidemiologia , Pennsylvania/epidemiologia
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J Pediatr Orthop ; 40(10): e990-e993, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33045161

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BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially altered the typical process around performing surgery to ensure protection of health care workers, patients, and their families. One safety precaution has been the implementation of universal preoperative screening for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This study examines the results of universal screening on children undergoing orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study evaluating the incidence and symptomatology of COVID-19 in all patients presenting for orthopaedic surgery at 3 pediatric tertiary care children's hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic (March to June 2020). All patients underwent universal screening with a nasopharyngeal swab to detect presence of SARS-CoV-2. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify risk factors for positive COVID-19 screening. RESULTS: In total, 1198 patients underwent preoperative screening across all 3 institutions and 7 (0.58%) had detection of SARS-CoV-2. The majority of patients (1/7, 86%) were asymptomatic. Patients that tested positive were significantly more likely to be Hispanic (P=0.046) and had greater number of medical comorbidities (P=0.013), as scored on the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status score. A known COVID-19 positive contact was found to be a significant risk factor in the multivariate analysis (P=0.004). CONCLUSIONS: Early results of universal preoperative screening for COVID-19 demonstrates a low incidence and high rate of asymptomatic patients. Health care professionals, especially those at higher risk for the virus, should be aware of the challenges related to screening based solely on symptoms or travel history and consider universal screening for patients undergoing elective surgery. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level II.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus , Programas de Triagem Diagnóstica , Controle de Infecções , Procedimentos Ortopédicos/métodos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Cuidados Pré-Operatórios/métodos , Criança , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Busca de Comunicante , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Grupos Étnicos , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Controle de Infecções/métodos , Controle de Infecções/estatística & dados numéricos , Masculino , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Estudos Retrospectivos , Estados Unidos
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IEEE Pulse ; 11(5): 28-31, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33064642

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An at-home test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could be released commercially as early as August, according to Scanwell Health of Los Angeles. A combination of a finger-prick blood sample and a smart-phone app, the test is designed to detect the presence of antibodies to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19. The company hopes to receive Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of summer, and make its first commercially available tests soon after.


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Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/instrumentação , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Humanos , Aplicativos Móveis , Pandemias , Participação do Paciente/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia
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Biochem Med (Zagreb) ; 30(3): 030901, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33071558

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Introduction: The 2019 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been characterized as a pandemic, representing a serious global public health emergency. Serological tests have been proposed as reliable tools for detecting Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in infected patients, especially for surveillance or epidemiological purposes. The aim of this study is to evaluate the agreement between the IgM/IgG rapid assays, based on lateral flow immunochromatographic assay, and the fully automated 2019-nCoV IgM and IgG, based on chemiluminescence immunoassay. Materials and methods: SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were measured with the BIOSYNEX COVID-19 BSS IgM/IgG test (BIOSYNEX, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France) and the MAGLUMI CLIA (IgM and IgG) (SNIBE - Shenzhen New Industries Biomedical Engineering, Shenzhen, China) in 70 serum samples from patients with PCR-confirmed diagnosis. The strength of the agreement of the two methods was calculated by using the Cohen Kappa index. Results: The results showed a good grade of concordance between the two immunoassays with a Cohen's kappa coefficient of 0.71 (95%CI: 0.54-0.87) for IgG SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and 0.70 (95%CI: 0.53-0.87) for IgM SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. In addition, the rapid assays BIOSYNEX COVID-19 BSS for detecting SARS-CoV-2 antibodies showed a positive likelihood ratio (LR) of 10.63 (95%CI: 2.79-40.57) for IgG and a LR of 6.79 (95%CI: 2.93-15.69) for IgM. Conclusion: Our results suggest that the immunochromatographic rapid IgM/IgG test and the chemiluminescence IgM and IgG immunoassay have a good degree of concordance, suggesting that both could be considered as useful tools for epidemiologic surveillance.


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Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Imunoglobulina G/sangue , Imunoglobulina M/sangue , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Idoso , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoensaio , Medições Luminescentes , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Vigilância da População , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes
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Chron Respir Dis ; 17: 1479973120961843, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33000640

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The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection among population has imposed a re-organization of healthcare services, aiming at stratifying patients and dedicating specific areas where patients with suspected COVID-related respiratory disease could receive the necessary health care assistance while waiting for the confirmation of the diagnosis of COVID-19 disease. In this scenario, the pathway defined as a "grey zone" is strongly advocated. We describe the application of rules and pathways in a regional context with low diffusion of the infection among the general population in the attempt to provide the best care to respiratory patients with suspected COVID-19. To date, this process has avoided the worst-case scenario of intra-hospital epidemic outbreak.


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Infecções por Coronavirus , Procedimentos Clínicos/tendências , Controle de Infecções/métodos , Pandemias , Administração dos Cuidados ao Paciente , Pneumonia Viral , Doenças Respiratórias/diagnóstico , Idoso , Betacoronavirus , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Feminino , Humanos , Itália/epidemiologia , Masculino , Inovação Organizacional , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Administração dos Cuidados ao Paciente/organização & administração , Administração dos Cuidados ao Paciente/normas , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Prevalência
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Euro Surveill ; 25(39)2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33006300

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We found that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the nucleoprotein gene of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from a patient interfered with detection in a widely used commercial assay. Some 0.2% of the isolates in the EpiCoV database contain this SNP. Although SARS-CoV-2 was still detected by the other probe in the assay, this underlines the necessity of targeting two independent essential regions of a pathogen for reliable detection.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Nucleoproteínas/genética , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Mutação Puntual , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , RNA Viral/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Proteínas Virais/genética , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Busca de Comunicante , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Primers do DNA , Erros de Diagnóstico , Reações Falso-Negativas , Feminino , Genes Virais , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Nasofaringe/virologia , Nucleoproteínas/análise , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/métodos , Romênia , Doença Relacionada a Viagens , Proteínas Virais/análise
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Bull World Health Organ ; 98(9): 590-598, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33012859

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Objective: To evaluate two pooled-sample analysis strategies (a routine high-throughput approach and a novel context-sensitive approach) for mass testing during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with an emphasis on the number of tests required to screen a population. Methods: We used Monte Carlo simulations to compare the two testing strategies for different infection prevalences and pooled group sizes. With the routine high-throughput approach, heterogeneous sample pools are formed randomly for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. With the novel context-sensitive approach, PCR analysis is performed on pooled samples from homogeneous groups of similar people that have been purposively formed in the field. In both approaches, all samples contributing to pools that tested positive are subsequently analysed individually. Findings: Both pooled-sample strategies would save substantial resources compared to individual analysis during surge testing and enhanced epidemic surveillance. The context-sensitive approach offers the greatest savings: for instance, 58-89% fewer tests would be required for a pooled group size of 3 to 25 samples in a population of 150 000 with an infection prevalence of 1% or 5%. Correspondingly, the routine high-throughput strategy would require 24-80% fewer tests than individual testing. Conclusion: Pooled-sample PCR screening could save resources during COVID-19 mass testing. In particular, the novel context-sensitive approach, which uses pooled samples from homogeneous population groups, could substantially reduce the number of tests required to screen a population. Pooled-sample approaches could help countries sustain population screening over extended periods of time and thereby help contain foreseeable second-wave outbreaks.


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Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Betacoronavirus , Humanos , Método de Monte Carlo , Pandemias , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase
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Sensors (Basel) ; 20(19)2020 Oct 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33023039

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COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, has resulted in a global pandemic recently. With no approved vaccination or treatment, governments around the world have issued guidance to their citizens to remain at home in efforts to control the spread of the disease. The goal of controlling the spread of the virus is to prevent strain on hospitals. In this paper, we focus on how non-invasive methods are being used to detect COVID-19 and assist healthcare workers in caring for COVID-19 patients. Early detection of COVID-19 can allow for early isolation to prevent further spread. This study outlines the advantages and disadvantages and a breakdown of the methods applied in the current state-of-the-art approaches. In addition, the paper highlights some future research directions, which need to be explored further to produce innovative technologies to control this pandemic.


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Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico por imagem , Infecções por Coronavirus/etiologia , Humanos , Pulmão/virologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico por imagem , Pneumonia Viral/etiologia , Termografia/métodos , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X , Ultrassonografia/métodos
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Mayo Clin Proc ; 95(10): 2172-2188, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33012348

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In the midst of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic and its attendant morbidity and mortality, safe and efficacious vaccines are needed that induce protective and long-lived immune responses. More than 120 vaccine candidates worldwide are in various preclinical and phase 1 to 3 clinical trials that include inactivated, live-attenuated, viral-vectored replicating and nonreplicating, protein- and peptide-based, and nucleic acid approaches. Vaccines will be necessary both for individual protection and for the safe development of population-level herd immunity. Public-private partnership collaborative efforts, such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines mechanism, are key to rapidly identifying safe and effective vaccine candidates as quickly and efficiently as possible. In this article, we review the major vaccine approaches being taken and issues that must be resolved in the quest for vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease 2019. For this study, we scanned the PubMed database from 1963 to 2020 for all publications using the following search terms in various combinations: SARS, MERS, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, vaccine, clinical trial, coronavirus, pandemic, and vaccine development. We also did a Web search for these same terms. In addition, we examined the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health authority websites. We excluded abstracts and all articles that were not written in English.


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Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Vacinas Virais/uso terapêutico , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Humanos , Saúde Pública , Estados Unidos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33014893

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Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of serum severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) nucleocapsid (N) protein assay in the early stages of SARS-COV-2 infection. Methods: Serum N protein level in SARS-COV-2 infected patients and non-SARS-COV-2 infected population was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) double antibody sandwich assay. Colloidal gold immunochromatography assay was used to detect serum N protein antibodies in the above populations. Results: Fifty cases of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid-positive and SARS-CoV-2 antibody-negative patients had a serum N protein positivity rate of 76%. Thirty-seven patients who were positive for serum SARS-CoV-2 antibody after infection had a serum SARS-CoV-2 N protein positivity rate of 2.7%. Serum N protein test results of 633 non-SARS-COV-2 infected patients, including pregnant women, patients with other respiratory infections, and individuals with increased rheumatoid factor were all negative, with serum N protein concentration <10.00 pg/mL at 100% specificity. Using SPSS 19.0 to calculate the receiver operating characteristic curve, the area under the curve was determined to be 0.9756 (95% confidence interval 0.9485-1.000, p < 0.0001), and sensitivity and specificity were 92% (95% confidence interval 81.16-96.85%) and 96.84% (95% confidence interval 95.17-97.15%), respectively. The best CUT-OFF value was 1.850 pg/mL. Conclusion: The measurement of serum SARS-COV-2 N protein has a high diagnostic value for infected patients before the antibody appears and shortens the window period of serological diagnosis. It is recommended that the manufacturer establish two different CUT-OFF values according to the purpose of the application. One CUT-OFF value is used for the diagnosis of clinical SARS-COV-2 infection, and the other is used to screen out as many suspected cases as possible.


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Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Anticorpos Antivirais/sangue , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Biomarcadores/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática/métodos , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Gravidez , Sensibilidade e Especificidade
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Ital J Pediatr ; 46(1): 143, 2020 Oct 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33023602

RESUMO

The Veneto region is one of the most affected Italian regions by COVID-19. Chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may constitute a risk factor in COVID-19. Moreover, respiratory viruses were generally associated with severe pulmonary impairment in cystic fibrosis (CF). We would have therefore expected numerous cases of severe COVID-19 among the CF population. Surprisingly, we found that CF patients were significantly protected against infection by SARS-CoV-2. We discussed this aspect formulating some reasonable theories.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Fibrose Cística/epidemiologia , Pandemias/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Doença Pulmonar Obstrutiva Crônica/epidemiologia , Adulto , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Estudos de Coortes , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Fibrose Cística/diagnóstico , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Itália/epidemiologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Doença Pulmonar Obstrutiva Crônica/diagnóstico , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/métodos , Valores de Referência , Estudos Retrospectivos , Medição de Risco
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