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Imported COVID-19 Cases from Iran: A Rapid Review

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College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
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Department of Public Health, Ministry of Public Health, Doha, Qatar
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Academic Editor: Hana Dobrovolny
Received: 17 April 2021 / Revised: 17 May 2021 / Accepted: 27 May 2021 / Published: 29 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evolving COVID-19 Epidemiology and Dynamics)
This review aims to map the spread of the virus from Iran to the Middle East and the rest of the world and to help better understand the key trends that occurred during COVID-19 from this epidemic center. We performed a literature review which was undertaken from 16 June to 22 November 2020. We reviewed the available evidence on imported cases from Iran, in the electronic databases PubMed and Google Scholar, as well as gray literature. It is shown that 125 cases were imported from Iran, out of which most of the imported cases were asymptomatic, and PCR testing was the most common method of detection. It was also found that more than half of the imported cases were not quarantined or isolated at home. The review revealed that many countries, especially the Middle East had imported cases from Iran. The big gap between the date of arrival at the airport and the date of diagnosis emphasizes the importance of early detection and quarantine measures, to stop the spread of the virus. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; Iran; travel; imported cases; quarantine; epidemiology COVID-19; Iran; travel; imported cases; quarantine; epidemiology
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Abdalla, T.; Aboujabal, K.; Abdelnaby, M.; Bashir, R.; Wanas, Y.; Farag, E. Imported COVID-19 Cases from Iran: A Rapid Review. Epidemiologia 2021, 2, 198-206. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2020015

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Abdalla T, Aboujabal K, Abdelnaby M, Bashir R, Wanas Y, Farag E. Imported COVID-19 Cases from Iran: A Rapid Review. Epidemiologia. 2021; 2(2):198-206. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2020015

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Abdalla, Tasnim, Khaled Aboujabal, Menatella Abdelnaby, Rim Bashir, Yara Wanas, and Elmoubasher Farag. 2021. "Imported COVID-19 Cases from Iran: A Rapid Review" Epidemiologia 2, no. 2: 198-206. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/epidemiologia2020015

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