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Higher stroke rates seen among patients with COVID-19 compared with influenza

Key clinical point: COVID-19 may confer increased stroke risk compared with influenza.

Major finding: Stroke occurred in 1.6% of patients with versus 0.2% among patients with influenza.

Study details: Retrospective cohort study of 1,916 patients with COVID-19 versus 1,486 patients with influenza.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the NIH, NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.


Merkler AE, et al. JAMA Neurol. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.2730.