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Expert reaction to study looking at recurrent positive test results in COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital in China

1 month ago   |   By Science Media Centre

Research, published in JAMA Network Open, reports on recurrent positive test results in COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital in China.
Prof Babak Javid, Principal Investigator, Tsinghua University School of Medicine, Beijing, and Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University Hospitals, said:
“This is yet another case series from China that confirms that patients discharged after a Covid diagnosis and in recovery may continue to shed viral RNA, that can be detected by the swab PCR test. None of the patients that are described as ‘recurrent' in this study actually became...
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Expert reaction to study on hospitalisation and mortality among black and white patients with COVID-19

1 month ago   |   By Science Media Centre

A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine , reports on hospitalisation and mortality among black and white patients with COVID-19.
Prof Seif Shaheen, Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London, said:
“This paper from the USA reports an excess risk of hospitalisation with COVID-19 for Black patients versus Whites, which was not explained by comorbidities or obesity. Whilst the study also took account of some measures of socioeconomic deprivation (residence in low income area and type of health insurance), there could still be residual confounding...
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