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Fever clinics in China for the COVID-19 pandemic
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  • Xiaojie Wang,
  • Guowei Li,
  • Ziyi Li,
  • Xin Huang,
  • Xuejiao Chen,
  • Cheng Li,
  • Junzhang Tian
Xiaojie Wang
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Guowei Li
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Ziyi Li
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Xin Huang
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Xuejiao Chen
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Cheng Li
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Junzhang Tian
Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital
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Abstract

Fever clinics are designed to provide prompt assessment, management, laboratory examination and decision-making for the potential infected cases, which serves as the crucial first-line of defense to control nosocomial infection. Guided by the primary principle of ‘early assessment, early detection, and early isolation’, fever clinics played a significant role in triaging suspected cases and minimize the risk of nosocomial infection during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) combat in China. However, fever clinics failed to function normally as expected, with an astonishing number of healthcare workers infected. In this comment, we systematically evaluated the current limitations of fever clinics and recommended several countermeasures, aiming to enhance and maximize the capability and capacity of fever clinics for acute infectious diseases.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

07 Aug 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
07 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
10 Aug 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned