Characteristics of U.S. army beneficiary cases of covid-19 in Europe, 12 March 2020–17 April 2020

Tammy Servies*

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In 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 virus caused an unprecedented pandemic of coro-navirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Army Public Health Command Europe monitored all cases of COVID-19 for Military Health System (MHS) beneficiaries seen in Army Military Treatment Facilities. Cases entered into the Army Disease Reporting System internet (ARDSi) were evaluated for symptomatology as this was a younger and healthier cohort than typically reported on at the time. During the surveillance period, 7.1% of COVID-19 cases among MHS beneficiaries were hospitalized; these cases presented with symptoms such as congestion, sore throat, and disturbances in taste and smell. Interventions to stop the outbreak included aggressive case find-ing with robust testing, control of cases and contacts, and the extreme social distancing measures seen in other countries. The outbreak was successfully brought under control in one month. Cases remained sporadic and were due largely to importation from the U.S. until the end of August 2020.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Surveillance Monthly Report
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


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