24 January 2020 – Case definition for COVID-19 modified to capture people with mild fevers

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Guidance
Sectors Involved: Health
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Central Epidemic Command Center

Overview: Case definition for reporting novel coronavirus infection changed from “fever and respiratory symptoms” to “fever or respiratory symptoms” to ensure that people with mild fevers would also be reported.
Full details here: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Bulletin/Detail/xkpP27Q_PndYAZ9IjlHzew?typeid=158

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: International – academic
Evidence/Justification: Published scientific paper showed that a porportion of those with novel coronavirus infections had not fever, which is defined as temperature greater or equal to 38C in Taiwan