Afghanistan has been a major armed conflict zone for over 2 decades. Consequently, the response to multiple infectious disease threats, including the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, has been poor because of a lack of resources and inadequate infrastructure.1,2 In August 2021, the Western coalition forces completely withdrew from Afghanistan, which further exacerbated the shortage of critical medicines and supplies.3 Qatar was the first stop for a large proportion of evacuees en route to their final destination. We conducted a cross-sectional study to determine the rate of active SARS-CoV-2 infection among evacuees arriving in Qatar from Afghanistan.
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Accepted for Publication: March 22, 2022.
Published: May 23, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.13467
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2022 Butt AA et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: Adeel A. Butt, MBBS, MS, Hamad Medical Corporation, PO Box 3050, Doha, Qatar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Contributions: Drs Butt and Masoodi had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Drs Butt and Masoodi contributed equally to the study and are joint first authors.
Concept and design: Butt, Masoodi, Haidar, Al Rauili, Abou-Samra.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Butt, Jawad, Al Rauili, Al-Marri.
Drafting of the manuscript: Butt, Masoodi, Jawad, Al Rauili.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Butt, Haidar, Al Rauili, Al-Marri, Abou-Samra.
Statistical analysis: Jawad.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Butt, Masoodi, Haidar, Al Rauili, Al-Marri.
Supervision: Butt, Al Rauili, Abou-Samra.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent official government views or policy of the State of Qatar or Hamad Medical Corporation.
Additional Contributions: The authors are grateful for the leadership and assistance provided by the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar, the System-Wide Incident Command and Control Center and the Business Intelligence Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation, and all the dedicated frontline health care workers who have selflessly served and provided care and comfort to all patients in Qatar.
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