Community Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Patients With Influenzalike Illnesses Presenting to a Los Angeles Medical Center in March 2020

JAMA. 2020 May 19;323(19):1966-1967. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.4958.

Abstract

This study characterizes the prevalence of reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction results positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) among patients presenting with influenzalike illness who underwent nasopharyngeal swab testing for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus over 4 days in March 2020.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Influenza, Human / diagnosis
  • Los Angeles / epidemiology
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sentinel Surveillance

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 diagnostic testing
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2