Caring for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19, or At-Risk Populations

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AAPM&R members: Even more resources are being shared between physiatrists in our Care in the Time of COVID-19 member forum on PhyzForum. Exchange important dialogue about your challenges, ask your questions and concerns as well as share resources with each other.

Diagnosing and Caring for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19, or At-Risk Populations 

  • As a health care provider, look for:
    • people who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, and shortness of breath that may appear 2-14 days after exposure) and
    • people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or pneumonia of unknown cause. (Consult the most recent definition for patients under investigation).
  • Health care professionals should immediately notify their local or state health department in the event of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19: Find your state and local health department contacts.
  • The CDC has also provided clinical guidance for managing patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

How to Protect Yourself from Infection

What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to a Patient with COVID-19

How to Communicate with Patients about COVID-19

  • CDC travel notices for travelers and clinicians regarding current health issues that will impact travel
  • Additional communication resources can be found here.

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