Clinician Screening Tool for Identifying Persons Under Investigation for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
March 10, 2020
Only consider persons with travel to an affected geographic area1 or close contact2 with a laboratory-confirmed3,4 COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset or persons with severe respiratory illness5 without an alternative diagnosis.
Ask the patient to wear a surgical mask.
Evaluate the patient in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne isolation room, if available.
Initiate contact and airborne precautions, including use of eye protection (e.g., goggles or a face shield) for all health care professionals and other staff entering the room.
Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control.html for additional recommendations on infection control recommendations for patients under investigation for COVID-19 in health care settings.