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Self-screening to reduce medical resource consumption facing the COVID-19 pandemic
  1. I-Min Chiu1,2,
  2. Chi-Yung Cheng1,2,
  3. Huan Zhang2,
  4. Chun-Hung Richard Lin2
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Kaohsiung Branch, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  2. 2 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Chun-Hung Richard Lin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan; lin{at}cse.nsysu.edu.tw

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has, as of this writing, infected at least 200 countries and killed more than 33 000 people.1 Owing to frequent business dealings and being only 81 miles from mainland China, Taiwan was previously considered to be a hot spot for COVID-19. However, thus far, Taiwan has had 306 confirmed cases and ranked 73rd on the list of infected areas. With its previous experience of the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in 2003, rapid response and quick implementation between government and private enterprise, Taiwan has been able to prevent a large-scale epidemic.2

On 20 January 2020, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the activation of the Central Epidemic Command Center for COVID-19 and set up reporting criteria for real-time PCR tests.3 However, …

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