How Often Does COVID-19 Combine Forces With Other Viruses?
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Other respiratory viruses haven't co-infected SARS-CoV-2 patients much so far, although those findings from the end of the cold and flu season may need an update in the fall, researchers suggested.

A respiratory panel virus turned up in 3.3% (15 of 459) of the specimens that also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-PCR at University of Chicago Medicine from March 12 through April 15, 2020.

The most common co-infections were with rhinovirus/enterovirus (eight cases, 1.7%), influenza A (three cases, 0.7%), adenovirus (two cases, 0.4%), and human metapneumovirus (two cases, 0.4%), researchers reported in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

During the study period, 2,535 specimens were simultaneously tested for 2,458 symptomatic patients. Among them, 18.1% were positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 14.4% were positive for at least one respiratory pathogen.

As expected from other viruses, coinfection was seen in significantly younger populations than in COVID-19-only cases.

Social distancing and mask wearing should help across the board with respiratory infection rates. Heavy emphasis on the flu vaccine this fall will hopefully help reduce co-infections with COVID-19 as well, researchers suggested.

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Disappointing read. It is indeed,a possibility, even if forces are not joined, coinfections are happening. One can only hope this "Superinfection" does not actually happen.
Jul 10, 2020Like1