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Reale SC, Fields KG, Lumbreras-Marquez MI, et al. Association Between Number of In-Person Health Care Visits and SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Obstetrical Patients. JAMA. 2020;324(12):1210–1212. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15242
A major concern that has emerged from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is patient avoidance of necessary medical care.1 Data regarding how in-person visits to medical facilities influence the risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection are limited. Obstetrical patients are a unique group who have required frequent in-person health care visits during the pandemic. The aim of this analysis was to examine whether the number of in-person health care visits was associated with the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Mass General Brigham institutional review board approval was obtained for this study and the need for informed consent waived. The study population included all patients delivering at 4 hospitals in the Boston, Massachusetts, area between April 19, 2020, and June 27, 2020, a period during which all obstetrical patients were tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection at the time of admission. All SARS-CoV-2 testing was performed on nasopharyngeal swabs using reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction assays.
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