Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care

What you need to know

  • Most patients with covid-19 can be managed remotely with advice on symptomatic management and self isolation

  • Although such consultations can be done by telephone in many cases, video provides additional visual cues and therapeutic presence

  • Breathlessness is a concerning symptom, though there is currently no validated tool for assessing it remotely

  • Safety-netting advice is crucial because some patients deteriorate in week 2, most commonly with pneumonia