Health-seeking behaviors of patients with acute respiratory infections during the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 in Wuhan, China
We conducted two surveys to evaluate the health-seeking behaviors of individuals with acute respiratory infections (ARI) during the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. Among 351 participants reporting ARI (10.3%, 351/3,411), 36.5% sought medical assistance. Children were more likely to seek medical assistance than other age-groups (66.1% vs. 28.0%-35.1%). This population-based study demonstrates that the majority of patients with ARI symptoms did not seek medical assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. These findings may be used to refine the estimates of disease burden and clinical severity of COVID-19 and to plan for health resources allocation.