The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially come out with new case definitions and recommendations for each. The case types include Suspect case, Probable case, and Confirmed case.
A Suspect case of covid-19 is a patient who presents with acute respiratory illness and no other condition which would fully explain all symptoms which the patient is presenting with. The symptoms which would place a patient into the Suspect Case category include, but are not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
OR A suspect case can be determined simply by a patient presenting with any acute respiratory illness and having been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of covid-19 in the last fourteen days.
OR a patient with severe acute respiratory infection AND requiring hospitalization AND with no other condition that fully explains the presentation of symptoms.
If you present with a suspect case of covid-19 your first step is to contact either your primary care provider, a walk in testing location, or contact your local CDC testing hotline. You also MUST remain confined to your home, the hospital, and the testing location until you receive your test results.
A Probable case is a case of suspected covid-19 where the test was inconclusive. Probable cases of covid-19 are currently being treated similarly to confirmed cases for the recommendations from the WHO. They recommend: if you are not in an emergency care facility to stay in your house, avoid all trips, including doing your best to have a close friend or family member handle your trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Regular testing will be a likely outcome from Probable case of covid-19.
A Confirmed case of covid-19 is any person with a laboratory confirmation of a covid-19 infection, regardless of clinical signs and symptoms. The procedure for a Confirmed case changes wildly from state to state, and even from county to county, so you need to follow all advice from the doctors who have been read in on your condition.