COVID-19 guidelines for private doctors

Excerpts from Various CHP Protocols

Source: Centre for Health Protection

We would like to draw your attention to some of the CHP protocols which were updated in the last few days.

  • The Government’s “Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance” is now at the Emergency Response Level; the corresponding Personal Protective Equipment recommendations are as follows (also see attachment) –
    • A surgical mask is required in both patient and non-patient areas;
    • eye protection, gown, gloves and cap (optional) in high-risk patient areas; and
    • a N95 respirator for aerosol-generating procedures.
  • Use epidemiology criteria (FTOCC: Fever, Travel, Occupation, Contact, and Cluster).
  • COVID-19 is a statutory notifiable disease. An individual fulfilling the Reporting Criteria (i.e. a Suspected Case, see below) should be reported to the CHP for transfer to a public hospital.
    • Isolate the patient immediately (see attachment).
    • Notify the Central Notification Office (CENO) and the Medical Control Officer (MCO) at the Department of Health (HK).
  • COVID-19 Reporting Criteria as of 28 February 2020:
    • Presented with fever* OR acute respiratory illness OR pneumonia; AND
    • Either one of the following conditions within 14 days BEFORE ONSET OF SYMPTOM: 
      1.   With travel history to a place with active community transmission of COVID-19#; OR 
      2.   Had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

(* Except fever due to a known etiology not related to respiratory infections)

# The list of places with active community transmission of COVID-19 is regularly updated at

https://www.chp.gov.hk/files/pdf/statistics_of_the_cases_novel_coronavirus_infection_en.pdf

“In general, if there had been face to face interaction with the case for 15 minutes or more and without wearing surgical mask, the contact would be considered as ‘close contact’.”

For more information, please refer to the attached excerpts from various CHP protocols.