Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Antibody Status in Decedents Undergoing Forensic Postmortem Examination in Maryland, May 24 to June 30, 2020

Keri N. Althoff, Oliver Laeyendecker, Rong Li, Sally B. Coburn, Ethan Klock, Owen R. Baker, Thomas C. Quinn, Jeffrey Michael, Wendy C. Shields, Johnathon P Ehsani, F. Dennis Thomas, Lindsey A. Graham, Zabiullah Ali, Yukari C. Manabe, Ling Li

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Abstract

Seroprevalence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies was 10% among the subset of decedents undergoing forensic postmortem examination in June in Maryland. Decedents of motor vehicle crashes had similar seroprevalence compared with those with a natural death (including decedents with SARS-CoV-2 infection). Decedents of motor vehicle crashes may be a sentinel surveillance population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofaa611
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • decedents
  • drug overdose
  • motor vehicle crash
  • SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
  • seroprevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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