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July 12, 2021

Clinical Infectious Diseases Publishes “A Snapshot of Work by the COVID-19 Public Health Response”


Since early 2020, U.S. federal, state, and local public health agencies and personnel have been focusing their highest effort on the COVID-19 pandemic response. As vaccination levels in the United States increase and new variants are identified, a Clinical Infectious Diseases supplement takes a look back at the public health response to COVID-19 and what can be learned and built upon during the next phase of this pandemic and for future pandemics.

The supplement, “A Snapshot of Work by the COVID-19 Public Health Response,” provides a look at some of the science and experience involved in supporting the response. The supplement touches on five major themes: clinical sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, SARS-CoV-2 testing, COVID-19’s interaction with other infectious diseases, COVID-19 and disproportionately affected persons, and SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

Papers in the supplement include:


  • Evidence, experience, expertise, and the U.S. COVID-19 public health response

Clinical Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

  • Late conditions diagnosed 1-4 months following an initial COVID-19 encounter: a matched cohort study using inpatient and outpatient administrative data — United States, March 1-June 30, 2020
  • Risk factors for illness severity among pregnant women with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection — Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network, 22 state, local, and territorial health departments, March 29, 2020-March 5, 2021
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes, maternal complications, and severe illness among U.S. delivery hospitalizations with and without a COVID-19 diagnosis
  • Adults hospitalized with COVID-19 — United States, March-June and October-December 2020: Implications for the potential effects of COVID-19 tier-1 vaccination on future hospitalizations and outcomes

SARS-CoV-2 Testing

  • Results of a shortened quarantine protocol on a Midwestern college campus
  • COVID-19 mitigation efforts and testing during a survey training — Uganda, October 12-29, 2020
  • SARS-CoV-2 transmission in intercollegiate athletics not fully mitigated with daily antigen testing
  • Performance of repeat BinaxNOW SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing in a community setting —Wisconsin, November-December 2020
  • A comparison of less invasive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic specimens in nursing home residents — Arkansas, June-August 2020
  • SARS-CoV-2 detection on self-collected saliva or anterior nasal specimens compared with healthcare personnel-collected nasopharyngeal specimens

COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

  • Delayed tuberculosis diagnoses during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 — King County, Washington
  • Investigation of a suspect SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A mixed outbreak: Lessons learned for long-term care facilities nationwide

COVID-19 and Disproportionately Affected Persons

  • COVID-19 outbreaks at two construction sites — New York City, October-November 2020
  • Changes in emergency medical services before and during COVID-19 in the United States, January 2018-December 2020
  • Influenza vaccination in health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic — United States, November 7-27, 2020
  • Building a virtual global knowledge network during COVID-19: The Infection Prevention and Control Global Webinar Series

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

  • Widespread SARS-CoV-2 transmission among attendees at a large motorcycle rally and their contacts, 30 U.S. jurisdictions, August-September, 2020
  • Changes in seasonal respiratory illnesses in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic

The supplement “A Snapshot of Work by the COVID-19 Public Health Response,” available online at, is supported by the Infectious Diseases Society of America through Cooperative Agreement NU50CK000574 with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

About Clinical Infectious Diseases
Clinical Infectious Diseases is a leading journal in the field of infectious disease with a broad international readership. The journal publishes articles on a variety of subjects of interest to practitioners and researchers. Topics range from clinical descriptions of infections, public health, microbiology, and immunology to the prevention of infection, the evaluation of current and novel treatments, and the promotion of optimal practices for diagnosis and treatment. Clinical Infectious Diseases is an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Learn more at

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