Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

November 12, 2020

An Outbreak of Covid-19 on an Aircraft Carrier



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  • In an outbreak on an aircraft carrier in late March 2020, 1271 (26.6%) of 4779 crew members had SARS-CoV-2 positive PCR results, and an additional 60 crew members had suspected COVID-19. In this predominantly young (mean age 27 years) population, 23 were hospitalized, 4 received intensive care, and 1 died. Nearly 80% were asymptomatic at time they tested positive, and 55% developed symptoms at any time during the clinical course.

Kasper et al. (Nov 11, 2020). An Outbreak of Covid-19 on an Aircraft Carrier. New England Journal of Medicine.