Nosocomial transmission of COVID-19: a retrospective study of 66 hospital-acquired cases in a London teaching hospital

Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jun 20;ciaa816. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa816. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

COVID-19 can cause deadly healthcare-associated outbreaks. In a major London teaching hospital, 66/435 (15%) of COVID-19 inpatient cases between 2 March and 12 April 2020 were definitely or probably hospital-acquired, through varied transmission routes. The case fatality was 36%. Nosocomial infection rates fell following comprehensive infection prevention and control measures.

Keywords: COVID-19; Nosocomial; healthcare-associated infection; infection prevention and control; transmission.