Criteria for Covid-19 consultations revised
NHK -- May 09
Japan's health ministry has revised its criteria for people to be tested for the coronavirus, after experts criticized it for potentially discouraging people from seeking consultations.

Under the criteria announced in February, people are asked to contact local public health centers if they have certain symptoms, including a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher continuing for four days.

The centers will then refer potential virus carriers to medical institutions. They will undergo a coronavirus test if doctors deem it necessary.

But experts say people may think that a fever of 37.5 degrees or over is a prerequisite and refrain from contacting a center if their body temperature is below that level.

The revised criteria does not mention specific body temperatures. It urges people to contact a center immediately if they have breathing difficulties, a strong sense of fatigue or a high fever, and elderly people or those with underlying conditions to do the same even if they have relatively mild symptoms such as a fever or coughing.

加藤厚生労働大臣は「37.5度以上の発熱が4日」としている新型コロナウイルスの受診の目安について、8日にも見直す方針を明らかにしました。  加藤厚労大臣:「早ければ、きょう中に公表したい。(37.5度以上4日という)目安が受診の基準のように(捉えられた)。我々からみれば誤解でありますけど・・・」  新型コロナウイルスを疑って病院を受診する際の目安について、厚生労働省はこれまで「37.5度以上の発熱が4日以上続く場合」などと示してきました。4日の専門家会議では「もっと早くPCR検査につなげるべき」と見直しを求める声が上がっていました。新たな目安は「高熱」や「平熱」の場合に分けて示されるとみられます。厚労省は8日にも都道府県などに通知する見通しです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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