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How local clinics will diagnose, treat COVID-19 patients starting Feb. 3 Updated: 2022-01-29 09:01:04 KST

People in South Korea will soon be able to get diagnosed and treated for COVID-19 at local clinics.
This will be done through the so-called "one-stop" system.

So how does the new "one-stop" system work?
If a person is experiencing a fever or respiratory problems, they can visit a designated local clinic, and get tested for COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test.
If the person tests positive, they would then have to take a PCR test.
Once the person is finally confirmed to have COVID-19, they will receive a prescription and medication, and are monitored by the clinic while taking their treatment at home.

So when does it start?
The new system will be in place starting February third.
And more than 4-hundred 30 respiratory clinics nationwide will provide the service.
Another thousand clinics are expected to treat COVID-19 patients as the government is still receiving applications from more health facilities.

And how will patients be treated at home?
First, in high-risk cases, people can get PCR tests at public health centers or at testing centers.
Once they test positive and are assigned to be treated at home, they will be monitored by hospitals 24-7.
Medical staff will check their health two times a day.
On the other hand, those who are at lower risk can get rapid antigen tests, as well as PCR tests if needed, at doctor's clinics.
These clinics will be treating the patients, and checking their health once a day.
Since clinics do not operate 24 hours a day, hospitals will take charge of managing these patients after 7 PM.

As of Friday, more than 50-thousand people are being treated at home.
Health authorities are aiming to expand the capacity to cover a maximum of 110-thousand people, ahead of a potential uptick in cases in February.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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