The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week released a new set of COVID-19 laboratory testing appointments,media reported. Anyone who makes an appointment for COVID-19 to test, collect or conduct a laboratory test “must make every reasonable effort to collect complete demographic information and answer the following ‘ask when making an appointment’ question.” These issues are updated by the CDC on January 18, 2020.
There are six main issues in the newly updated patient guidelines for COVID-19 trials. The first question is, “Are you currently working in a medical environment that is in direct contact with a patient?” The second question is all about symptoms. Include the following in the question “Do you currently have one or more of the following symptoms?”
– Fever or chills.
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
– Muscle or body pain.
– Loss of new taste or sense of smell.
– Sore throat.
– Nasal congestion or runny nose.
– Nausea or vomiting.
The list of questions comes from the CDC’s new coronary symptom guidance — last updated on May 13, 2020. CDC guidelines suggest that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The CDC also insists that “anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.”
The third question in the CDC’s AOE questionnaire is only asked if the answer to the second question is yes. The third question is, “When did your symptoms begin?” The fourth question is, “Are you pregnant?” Question 5 asks, “Are you currently living in a gathering (group) care environment, for example, but not limited to it.”
– Residential care places for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
– Psychiatric institutions;
– A group home;
– a boarding and nursing home;
– Homeless shelters.
– Foster care environment.
The last question is, “Have you ever had a COVID-19 test?” The problem is “to determine whether this is the first time an individual has undertaken a COVID-19 test.” The CDC notes that facilities or healthcare providers that book COVID-19 tests will be asked to collect “ask for appointment input” questions.
For more information on the CDC’s latest guidelines on COVID-19 lab data and testing, see the “How to report COVID-19 Lab Data” website. You can also find the latest updated media content in the CDC Library for relevant information.