SARS-CoV-2 Transmission from Presymptomatic Meeting Attendee, Germany

Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Aug;26(8):1935-1937. doi: 10.3201/eid2608.201235. Epub 2020 May 11.

Abstract

During a meeting in Munich, Germany, a presymptomatic attendee with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infected at least 11 of 13 other participants. Although 5 participants had no or mild symptoms, 6 had typical coronavirus disease, without dyspnea. Our findings suggest hand shaking and face-to-face contact as possible modes of transmission.

Keywords: COVID-19; Germany; SARS-CoV-2; aerosolization; coronavirus disease; face-to-face contact; handshake; respiratory infections; severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; transmission; viruses; zoonoses.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asymptomatic Diseases
  • Betacoronavirus / pathogenicity*
  • Betacoronavirus / physiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / methods
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Contact Tracing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed

Supplementary concepts

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