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Originator: CMO Messaging

 
From: Professor Chris Whitty

Issue date: 18-May-2020 13:29:40

Action by recipients:
  • NHS Regional Offices
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive

Information to recipients:
  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Social Care Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Special Health Authorities
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • Consultants in Communicable Diseases
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Primary Care Networks

Action category: Important information for immediate action

Title: COVID-19 General Case Definition Change

Broadcast content:

From today the general clinical case definition for COVID-19 has been updated to include loss of or change in smell or taste. It is now:


New continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste


Everyone, including health and social care workers, should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or loss of/ change in smell or taste.

The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.




Additional information: NHS England Regional Offices: please cascade this alert to Community Pharmacy, Dental and Optometry contractions and any GP Practices not yet registered with CAS.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2020/023

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