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Asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus disease 2019 among healthcare workers in Isfahan, Iran

Authors
  • Fakhim, Hamed1, 2
  • Nasri, Elahe1
  • Aboutalebian, Shima3
  • Gholipour, Sahar4
  • Nikaeen, Mahnaz4
  • Vaezi, Afsane5
  • Mousavi, Somayeh3
  • Faramarzi, Sama3
  • Farhang, Armin6
  • Javanmard, Shaghayegh Haghjooy7
  • Salahi, Mehrdad1
  • Darakhshandeh, Ali8
  • Ahmadikia, Kazem9
  • Mirhendi, Hossein2
  • 1 Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 2 Core Research Facilities (CRF), Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 3 Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 4 Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 5 Department of Medical Laboratory Science, School of Allied Medical Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • 6 Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 7 Applied Physiology Research Center, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan University of Medical Science, Isfahan, Iran
  • 8 Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  • 9 Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Type
Published Article
Journal
Future Virology
Publisher
Future Medicine
Publication Date
Jan 28, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2217/fvl-2020-0224
PMCID: PMC7842138
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Short Communication
License
Green

Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among healthcare workers (HCWs) in Isfahan, Iran. Materials & methods: HCWs in COVID-19 wards of three referral COVID-19 hospitals in Isfahan were screened and tested for COVID-19 infection. Results: In total, 102 HCWs were screened whose median age was 43 years old. Moreover, 21 (20.5%) of them had a history of suspected infection with SARS-CoV2, mostly (66.6%) without any symptoms while six (28.5%) of them suffered from relatively mild diseases and one (4.7%) was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. Conclusion: It was found that HCWs were prone to be asymptomatic carriers while their computed tomography images were normal. Therefore, it is recommended that reverse-transcriptase real-time-PCR be essential for the diagnosis of infections.

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