Bacterial, fungal co-infection rates low in COVID-19 patients, study shows

Only 8 percent of COVID-19 patients reported bacterial or fungal co-infection when they were admitted to a hospital, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Researchers searched the Medline, Embase and Web of Science databases for articles on coronavirus infections and bacterial or fungal co-infections. They searched the databases from 2000 through April of this year, according to Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

They included 18 studies that reported bacterial or fungal co-infection in the final analysis, including nine on COVID-19, five on SARS, one on MERS, and three on other coronaviruses.

The studies focused on COVID-19 showed that 8 percent of the 806 patients included in the studies had bacterial or fungal co-infection.



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