Zaka Yusto M (Undergraduate Student) needs a second opinion on this medical case.
50+ male patient, asthmatic, returning from a COVID-19-affected European country a few days earlier. Started to feel unwell before departure with fever and shortness of breath. No wheeze, hypoxia, tachypnea or tachycardia on assessment, only pyrexial with persistent dry cough. Arterial blood gas readings are all within range. Would you admit this patient? Would you swab this patient for the virus? Does the fact that he is asthmatic make a difference to your decision making? Would you prescribe antibiotics?
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