• Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Antibody Seroprevalence in Decedents Undergoing Forensic Postmortem Examination: Feasibility for 
Real-Time Pandemic Surveillance.

      Coburn, Sally B; Manabe, Yukari C; Laeyendecker, Oliver; Sherman, Susan G; Baker, Owen R; Quinn, Thomas C; Graham, Lindsey A; Dennis Thomas, F; Southall, Pamela; Weedn, Victor W; et al. (Oxford University Press, 2022-04-10)
      Among 1906 decedents, 305 (16%) were positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Monthly seroprevalence increased from 11% to 22% over time and was consistently higher than state-level estimates of testing positivity. Hispanic ethnicity was associated with 2- to 3.2-fold higher seropositivity (P < .05) irrespective of sex. Deaths due to motor vehicle crash were associated with 62% increased seropositivity (aPR, 1.62 [95% CI, 1.15-2.28]) vs natural manner of death. Though seroprevalence was lower in decedents of illicit drug overdose vs nonoverdose in early months, this shifted, and seroprevalence was comparable by November 2020.
    • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Antibody Status in Decedents Undergoing Forensic Postmortem Examination in Maryland, May 24 to June 30, 2020

      Althoff, Keri N; Laeyendecker, Oliver; Li, Rong; Coburn, Sally B; Klock, Ethan; Baker, Owen R; Quinn, Thomas C; Michael, Jeffrey; Shields, Wendy C; Ehsani, Johnathon; et al. (Oxford University Press, 2020-12-15)
      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. © 2020 The Author(s) 2020.