LETTER

Scoring System for the Diagnosis of COVID-19

Mohamed Farouk Allam1 , * Open Modal Authors Info & Affiliations
The Open Public Health Journal 18 Aug 2020 LETTER DOI: 10.2174/1874944502013010413

Abstract

Due to the international spread of COVID-19, the difficulty of collecting nasopharyngeal swab specimen from all suspected patients, the costs of RT-PCR and CT, and the false negative results of RT-PCR assay in 41% of COVID-19 patients, a scoring system is needed to classify the suspected patients in order to determine the need for follow-up, home isolation, quarantine or the conduction of further investigations. A scoring system is proposed as a diagnostic tool for suspected patients. It includes Epidemiological Evidence of Exposure, Clinical Symptoms and Signs, and Investigations (if available). This scoring system is simple, could be calculated in a few minutes, and incorporates the main possible data/findings of any patient.

Keywords: Nasopharyngeal swab, COVID-19, diagnosis, RT-PCR, CT, Score system.
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