March 2, 2020

CDC updates coronavirus guidance

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on February 27 updated its guidance for healthcare professionals evaluating and reporting patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The CDC has developed clinical criteria to guide patient evaluation based on what is known about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The criteria are subject to change as additional information becomes available.


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The CDC says it hopes to have every state and local public health department able to test for COVID-19 by the end of this week.

No vaccine or specific treatment is available; care is supportive.

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