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Barnabas and Co-authors Explore Self-Assessed Severity as a Determinant of COVID-19 Symptom Specificity in New Publication

Posted: 2/18/2022 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate Ruanne Barnabas and a number of co-authors have a new article recently accepted in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study presented is a longitudinal survey of contacts of COVID-19 patients, capturing daily nasal swabs and symptom diaries. The authors find that while adding symptom severity to COVID-19 self-assessments increases the specificity of symptom definitions, predictive power of these measures to shedding is low, highlighting the limitations of symptom self-assessment.

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