Clinical Characteristics of Patients With COVID-19 Receiving EMS

Question  What is the clinical presentation to emergency medical services among persons with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Findings  This cohort study of 124 patients with COVID-19 revealed that most patients with COVID-19 presenting to emergency medical services were older and had multiple chronic health conditions. Initial concern, symptoms, and examination findings were heterogeneous and not consistently characterized as febrile respiratory illness.

Meaning  The findings of this study suggest that the conventional description of febrile respiratory illness may not adequately identify COVID-19 in the prehospital emergency setting.

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