Effective March 20, mild COVID-19 cases exempt from reporting, isolation and should seek medical care immediately if they experience severe symptoms/warning signs; high-risk individuals meeting criteria can still receive oral antiviral medications

On March 16, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) pointed out that the policy exempting people who test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test and experience mild or no symptoms from reporting and isolation will take effect on March 20 (date of specimen collection). After testing positive on a rapid test, people who develop severe symptoms or warning signs, including shortness of breath or trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, blue-colored skin/lips or nail beds, inability to eat, drink or take medications, no or a significant reduction in urine output over the past 24 hours, systolic blood pressure <90mmHg, and over 100 heartbeats per minute when not running a fever, are advised to call 119, get a ride from a friend or family member living together, or walk or drive themselves to seek medical attention immediately. People at high risk of severe illness, elderly people 65 years of age and older, pregnant and postpartum women, and individuals with chronic diseases, are advised to seek medical attention immediately so that doctors can evaluate their health conditions and prescribe government-funded oral antiviral medications. This can help reduce their risk of developing complications or death if they are infected with COVID-19.