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Table 1 Evaluation & testing; COVID-19 symptoms screening criteria

From: Comparative analysis of COVID-19 guidelines from six countries: a qualitative study on the US, China, South Korea, the UK, Brazil, and Haiti

Countries Fever Respiratory symptoms Pneumonia Clinical evidence Contact with confirmed cases Contact with suspected cases Travel history Patients aged over 65 with symptoms Patients with underlying conditions
US > 100.4 °F / 38 °C Cough, difficulty breathing N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A With symptoms With underlying conditions
China Fever Any respiratory symptoms Multiple patchy shadows and interstitial changes at the lungs CT imaging features of COVID-19 / either WBC or lymphocyte count decreases Within 14 days before the onset of the disease Within 14 days before the onset of the disease Within 14 days before the onset of the disease N/A N/A
South Korea ≥37.5 °C Coughing, difficulty breathing Unknow case of pneumonia N/A Within 14 days with respiratory symptoms Within 14 days with respiratory symptoms Within 14 days with respiratory symptoms N/A N/A
UK (Only for inpatients) ≥37.8 °C Persistent cough (with or without sputum), hoarseness, nasal discharge or congestion, shortness of breath, sore throat, wheezing, sneezing Clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia Acute respiratory distress syndrome or influenza N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brazil N/A Coughing, runny nose, difficulty breathing N/A N/A *** Possible patients Travel abroad in the last 14 days N/A N/A
Haiti ≥38 °C Cough with or without respiratory difficulties, headache, body aches, sudden changes in taste and smell Acute upper respiratory infection with a tendency to develop pneumonia or broncho-pneumonia N/A Possibly having had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 Contact with a sick person Within 14 days with flu symptoms N/A N/A
  1. All the information was only extracted from the government’s guidelines. Information from public news or other heath institution guidelines were exclude
  2. The terms were extracted directly from the government guidelines. N/A represents the information did not indicate in the guidelines
  3. *** The Brazil government considers that contact with possible patients would include contact with confirmed cases
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