Rhinovirus/enterovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and non-SARS-CoV-2 Coronaviridae were the most common coinfections detected.
TUESDAY, April 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About 20 percent of specimens positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection are positive for other respiratory pathogens, according to a research letter published online April 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
David Kim, M.D., Ph.D., from Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and colleagues performed real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory pathogens on nasopharyngeal swabs of symptomatic patients. The proportion of specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2 and for each non-SARS-CoV-2 pathogen was calculated.
The researchers found that 9.5 percent of 1,217 specimens were positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 26.1 percent were positive for one or more non-SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.