How Healthcare Workers Can Take Precautions with COVID-19

Standard Precautions should be followed when caring for any individual, regardless of suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

If the patient does not have a fever, a temperature less than 100.0oF and is otherwise without even mild symptoms that might be consistent with COVID-19 those being cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, then precautions specific to COVID-19 are not required

Nonspecific symptoms such as sore throat, myalgia, fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea have been noted as initial symptoms in many cases of COVID-19. 

Until the patient is determined to be without such symptoms, HCP should wear all recommended PPE for the patient encounter. 

Until the patient is determined to be without such symptoms, HCP should wear all recommended PPE for the patient encounter. 

The CDC has recommended that lower temperature of 100.0oF and the inclusion of mild and non-specific symptoms should be used by healthcare settings evaluating these patients to increase the ability to detect even mild cases of COVID-19.


Warm regards,

Dr. Praveen V Arla