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Off the News: ‘Worried well’ burden hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending telehealth as a first step in screening for COVID-19.

More of that sort of remote face-time could help reduce the surge of the “worried well” into hospital emergency rooms, seeking screenings.

According to state health officials, only those with symptoms — including fever, sore throat and shortness of breath — plus a physician’s referral will be tested.

Since there’s no treatment for the coronavirus infection, patients without serious symptoms are being advised to treat the illness as they would a bout of the flu: Stay home, get ample rest, stay hydrated and let the virus run its course.

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