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November 5, 2020

Serial Screening for COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Patients Receiving Anticancer Therapy in the United Arab Emirates

Author Affiliations
  • 1Burjeel Oncology-Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 2Department of Medicine, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • 3Emirates Oncology Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 4Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 5Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 6Medical Oncology Department, Alzahra Hospital Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
JAMA Oncol. 2021;7(1):129-131. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.5745

Patients with cancer, especially those receiving anticancer therapy, are at risk amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1-3 Given the frequency of asymptomatic COVID-19,2,4,5 and presymptomatic transmission,5 symptom-based screening may inadequately triage patients to safely resume anticancer therapy.2,6

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