Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when COVID-19 disease is suspected
Date posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
This is the second edition (version 1.2) of this document, which was originally adapted from Clinical management of severe
acute respiratory infection when MERS-CoV infection is suspected (WHO, 2019)
It is intended for clinicians involved in the care of adult, pregnant, and paediatric patients with or at risk for severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) when infection with the COVID-19 virus is suspected. Considerations for paediatric patients and pregnant women are highlighted throughout the text. It is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation but rather to strengthen clinical management of these patients and to provide up-to-date guidance. Best practices for infection prevention and control (IPC), triage and optimized supportive care are included.