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Reports of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreaks affecting nursing homes, homeless shelters, and cruise ships describe both asymptomatic and symptomatic cases among patients whose primary risk factor for acquisition was residence in a confined congregate environment.1- 3 However, the age distribution of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) described is weighted heavily toward elderly individuals and those with preexisting conditions. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) outbreak investigation by the US Navy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illuminated how the virus affects a young military population.4 In this study, the US Army Public Health COVID-19 Task Force describes the results of an independent investigation of the shore-based USS TR outbreak response and 736 USS TR sailors in isolation status.
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Accepted for Publication: August 4, 2020.
Published: October 1, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.20981
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2020 Alvarado GR et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Gadiel R. Alvarado, DO, Infectious Disease Department, Brooke Army Medical Center, 3551 Roger Brooke Dr, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234 (email@example.com).
Author Contributions: Dr Alvarado had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: All authors.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Alvarado, Pierson, Gama, Cole, Jang.
Drafting of the manuscript: All authors.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Alvarado, Pierson, Gama, Jang.
Statistical analysis: Alvarado, Pierson, Gama, Cole, Jang.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Alvarado, Teemer, Gama, Cole, Jang.
Supervision: Alvarado, Jang.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of Brooke Army Medical Center, the US Army Medical Department, the US Army Office of the Surgeon General, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of Defense or the US Government.
Additional Contributions: Matthew Dolan, MD (Infectious Disease Department, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston), reviewed the manuscript. He was not compensated for his time.
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