Universal admission screening strategy for COVID-19 highlighted the clinical importance of reporting SARS-CoV-2 viral loads

New Microbes New Infect. 2020 Nov:38:100820. doi: 10.1016/j.nmni.2020.100820. Epub 2020 Nov 19.


Previously limited to symptomatic patients, our hospital introduced a universal admission screening strategy for coronavirus disease 2019 on 25 April 2020. All patients were tested by RT-PCR. We observed decreased viral loads linked to increased screening of asymptomatic patients highlighting the fact that viral load values could guide infection control decisions.

Keywords: Asymptomatic patients; RT-PCR; coronavirus disease 2019; infection control; pre-hospitalization; screening; severe acute respiratory disease coronavirus 2; viral load.

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