COVID-19: UAE Ministry of Health introduces assessment tool

The tool serves as a basic guide, and is 'not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment'

COVID-19: UAE Ministry of Health introduces assessment tool [representative image]
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COVID-19: UAE Ministry of Health introduces assessment tool [representative image]

UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) has launched an assessment tool, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The facility, which is an extension of the ministry's 'virtual doctor' feature, takes residents through a survey to determine whether they are experiencing a life or limb-threatening emergency, urging them to call 998 or a local emergency service number in the given scenario. 

The assessment is based on considerations such as 'travel or transit through [mentioned] countries, contact with someone who may have travelled or transited through the countries and is now sick, contact with someone known to have coronavirus, and related symptoms.'

Consequently, the user is assesed on the degree of risk for COVID-19, and is instructed to contact 800-FLU(358) for further information. 

The ministry has stated on its website that the tool is 'not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment', encouraging residents to consult medical professionals for serious symptoms or emergencies.

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