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MeSH Disease

Human Phenotype

Headache (1)

Cough (1)

Myalgia (1)

Fever (1)

Chills (1)


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    Staff testing for COVID-19 via an online pre-registration form

    Authors: Muhammad Saadiq Moolla; Arifa Parker; Mohammed Aslam Parker; Sthembiso Sithole; Leila Amien; Rubeena Chiecktey; Tasneem Bawa; Abdurasiet Mowlana

    doi:10.1101/2020.07.13.20152876 Date: 2020-07-14 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Healthcare workers are at increased risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 and potentially causing institutional outbreaks. Staff testing is critical in identifying and isolating infected individuals while also reducing unnecessary workforce depletion. Tygerberg Hospital implemented an online pre-registration system to expedite staff and cluster testing. Objectives: We aimed to identify (1) specific presentations associated with a positive or negative result for SARS-CoV-2 and (2) staff sectors where enhanced strategies for testing might be required. Methods: Retrospective descriptive study involving all clients making use of the hospital's pre-registration system during May 2020. Results: Of 799 clients, most were young and female TRANS with few comorbidities. The most common occupation was nurses followed by administrative staff, doctors and general assistants. Doctors tested earlier compared to other staff (median: 1.5 vs 4 days). The most frequent presenting symptoms were headache HP headache MESHD, sore throat, cough HP cough MESHD and myalgia HP myalgia MESHD. Amongst those testing positive (n=105), fever HP fever MESHD, altered smell, altered taste sensation, chills HP and history of fever HP fever MESHD were the most common symptoms. Three or more symptoms was more predictive of a positive test, but 12/145 asymptomatic TRANS clients also tested positive. Conclusion: Staff coronavirus testing using an online pre-registration form is a viable and acceptable strategy. While some presentations are less likely to be associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD, no symptom can completely exclude it. Staff testing should form part of a bundle of strategies to protect staff including wearing masks, regular hand washing, buddy screening, physical distancing, availability of PPE and special dispensation for COVID-19-related leave.

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