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2022 Apr 14

J Glob Health


Clinical features of COVID-19 for integration of COVID-19 into influenza surveillance: A systematic review.


Lee B, Ashcroft T, Agyei-Manu E, de Los EF, Leow A, Krishan P, Kulkarni D, Nundy M, Hartnup K, Shi T, McSwiggan E, Nair H, Theodoratou E, McQuillan R
J Glob Health. 2022 Apr 14; 12:05012.
PMID: 35567582.


In November 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) created interim guidance on how to integrate testing for SARS-CoV-2 into existing influenza surveillance systems. Influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) case definitions have been used to specify the case definition of COVID-19 for surveillance purposes. This review aims to assess whether the common clinical features of COVID-19 have changed to the point that the criteria used to identify both COVID-19 and influenza in surveillance programs needs to be altered.