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Corona Outpatient Clinic at Dresden University Hospital: Clinical Characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 Tested Patients

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2020.0343-0347

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Sarah Dräger, Anna Kather, Madeleine Fricke, Katja de With

Keywords: COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 corona outpatient clinic symptoms

BackgroundOn 9 March 2020, the Corona Outpatient Clinic was opened at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital in Dresden, where 2.871 persons presented themselves until March 31, 2020, of which 2.257 patients were tested for SARS-CoV-2. The aim of this work is to analyse the clinical characteristics of these patients.MethodsBased on a questionnaire filled out by each patient, the indication for SARS-CoV-2 testing was given by a physician. The data of the patient’s characteristics and the test results were evaluated in aggregated form without individual-related information. ResultsIn the study period from March 9 to March 31, 2020 2.257 patients were tested for SARS-CoV-2. 163 tests were positive. The most frequent symptom was cough. Headache, muscle pain and fever were significantly associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection (p < 0.05). 79 % of the patients presented within six days of the onset of symptoms. 78 of those who were tested positive (49 %) said they had been abroad in the 14 days before the start of illness. 82 (52 %) had prior contact with a person who was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.ConclusionsMain symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients are cough and headache. Muscle pain, headache and fever were significantly more common in people infected with SARS-CoV-2. Patients often present just before or during the critical phase of the disease.KeywordsSARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; corona outpatient clinic; symptoms


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