Do patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 need to be hospitalized if they have mild illness?

No. For patients who have mild illness, e.g., low-grade fever, cough, malaise, rhinorrhoea, sore throat without any warning signs, such as shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, increased respiratory (i.e. sputum or haemoptysis), gastro-intestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhoea and without changes in mental status, hospitalization may not be required unless there is concern for rapid clinical deterioration.

All patients discharged home should be instructed to return to hospital if they develop any worsening of illness.

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