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Updating the diagnostic criteria of COVID-19 “suspected case” and “confirmed case” is necessary

Yun-Yun Wang, for the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University Novel Coronavirus Management and Research Team, Ying-Hui Jin, Xue-Qun Ren, Yi-Rong Li, Xiao-Chun Zhang, ,
Published: 4 April 2020

Abstract: On 6 February 2020, our team had published a rapid advice guideline for diagnosis and treatment of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection, and this guideline provided our experience and make well reference for fighting against this pandemic worldwide. However, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new disease, our awareness and knowledge are gradually increasing based on the ongoing research findings and clinical practice experience; hence, the strategies of diagnosis and treatment are also continually updated. In this letter, we answered one comment on our guideline and provided the newest diagnostic criteria of “suspected case” and “confirmed case” according to the latest Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19 (seventh version) that issued by the National Health Committee of the People’s Republic of China.
Keywords: COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 / 2019-nCoV / Guideline / Prevention / Diagnosis / Treatment / Novel coronavirus

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