COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Hot Off the Press – COVID-19 Testing

 

CoVID-19 Testing

 

CDC updates as of March 4, 2020:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

 

Data from China’s outbreak reveals mortality risk is very low for children:

 

Who should be tested?

(Criteria to Guide Evaluation of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV)

 

Clinical Features   Epidemiological Risk
Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing)

 

and In the last 14 days before symptom onset, a history of travel from Level 2-3 Risk country:

China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan

 

Fever AND symptoms of lower respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing)

 

and In the last 14 days before symptom onset, close contact with a person who is under investigation for 2019-nCoV while that person was ill.

 

Fever OR symptoms of lower respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing)

 

and In the last 14 days, close contact with an ill laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV patient.

 

Health Care Workers:

Fever OR symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing)

and Exposure to a person with suspected COVID-19 even without laboratory confirmation.

 

 

Additionally, persons with a respiratory illness that requires hospitalization and there is not another identified cause for the illness are being tested in the hospital setting.

 

Testing for other more common pathogens (Flu) should be conducted whenever possible before Co-VID19 testing is requested.