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GOJ eases guidelines for COVID-19 consultations

  • May 9, 2020
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The Saturday editions of all national papers reported that the MHLW revised on Friday its guidelines for when people experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms should consult with their local public health centers to check whether they need to undergo PCR diagnostic testing. Under the new criteria, people are advised to get in touch with their public health authorities or doctors immediately if they experience such symptoms as shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, or high fever. People with milder symptoms are also strongly encouraged to contact their doctors if such symptoms persist for several days.


The ministry removed from the guidelines an item saying that people should only consult a doctor if they have had a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 ° F) or higher for four or more days. The original guidelines adopted in mid-February were meant to avoid a situation in which people with minor symptoms rushed to hospitals to get tested. However, since there have been cases in which patients have died after initially showing only minor symptoms, there has been a surge in public criticism that the guidelines have discouraged people from seeking medical attention or PCR testing.

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