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A high percentage of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections among health care workers appear to go undetected, often because they have mild or no symptoms and workplace testing isn’t sufficient, investigators from a multistate hospital network reported.
The study was conducted by the Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in the Critically Ill (IVY) Network, a collaboration of US medical centers that studies influenza and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The network enrolled 3248 clinicians who regularly cared for patients with the disease between April and June at 13 of the network’s medical centers located in 12 states.
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Overall, 194, or 6%, of the participants tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Among them, 69% reported that they had never been diagnosed with COVID-19, 29% didn’t recall having any symptoms during the previous few months, and 44% didn’t suspect they’d had the disease.
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