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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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COBOS, Manuela et al. Impact of population mobility on the behavior of respira tory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2023, vol.83, n.5, pp.719-726. ISSN 0025-7680.


: During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Ar gentina population suffered from significant changes in population mobility due to non-pharmaceutical interventions. The aim of this study was to describe the impact of the mobility restrictions to the rates of positivity and diversity among different respiratory viruses.


: Retrospective analytical study per formed at Instituto Médico Platense in La Plata that included 458 patients with nasopharyngeal swab to search for respiratory pathogens by multiplex PCR. Changes in mobility were studied using “Community Mobility Reports”, data set developed by Google and publicly available.


: Community mobility had significant cor relation with the percentages of viral test positiv ity (p = < 0.01; R2=0.89) and viral diversity (p = 0.04; R2 = 0.78).


: Non-pharmaceutical interventions estab lished to contain SARS-CoV-2 spread had a significant impact in the circulation patterns of other respiratory viruses.

Keywords : Pandemic; COVID-19; Respiratory viruses; Viral circulation; Community mobility; Non-pharmaceu tical interventions.

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