Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 5:ciaa1338. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1338. Online ahead of print.
The clinical significance of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the circulation is unknown. In this prospective cohort study, we detected viral RNA in the plasma of 58/123 (47%) patients hospitalized with COVID-19. RNA was detected more frequently, and levels were higher, in patients who were admitted to the ICU and/or died.