A Symptom-based COVID-19 Diagnostic Tool in case of Limited Testing Facilities

Authors

  • Raiiq Ridwan Specialty Trainee in Emergency Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Md Robed Amin Professor of Internal Medicine, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Md Ridwanur Rahman Professor and Head of Research, Universal Medical College Research Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jbcps.v38i0.47342

Keywords:

COVID 19 diagnostic tool (CDT), Clinical tool (CT), Low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Abstract

Since December 2019, when a cluster of atypical pneumonia cases were identified in Wuhan, China a new disease has spread across the world. COVID-19 has since become the biggest pandemic in a century, touching lives in almost every country in the world. At the outset of COVID-19, the World Health Organization advised for testing to become a priority so that patients with COVID-19 could be quickly identified, isolated and treated to interrupt transmission of disease. However, testing shortages have been an increasing problem in low and middle income countries. Even when tests are available, it has proved time-consuming. Therefore, we propose a symptom-based tool to assist in the diagnosis of COVID-19 management in low and middle income Countries. It is based on the symptoms that have so far been described in the literature and advises the frontline healthcare worker on how to diagnose the likelihood of having COVID-19 and separate the patient into Red (very likely), Yellow (possible) and Green (unlikely) categories.

J Bangladesh Coll Phys Surg 2020; 38(0): 71-75

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Published

2020-06-03

How to Cite

Ridwan, R., Amin, M. R., & Rahman, M. R. (2020). A Symptom-based COVID-19 Diagnostic Tool in case of Limited Testing Facilities. Journal of Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons, 38, 71–75. https://doi.org/10.3329/jbcps.v38i0.47342

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