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Table 7 Questions about patients’ advice

From: A cross-sectional survey on community pharmacists readiness to fight COVID-19 in a developing country: knowledge, attitude, and practice in Lebanon

If a patient comes to your pharmacy with respiratory symptoms Never Rarely Often Always
Do you ask questions about travel history? 9 (2.9%) 21 (6.8%) 92 (29.7%) 188 (60.0%)
Do you ask the patient if he had contact with a confirmed case COVID-19 17 (5.5%) 22 (7.1%) 76 (24.5%) 195 (62.9%)
Do you ask him if he had contact with travelers coming from the affected area 13 (4.2%) 26 (8.4%) 84 (27.1%) 187 (60.3%)
Do you offer patients awareness brochures? No: 223 (71.9%) Yes: 87 (28.1%)
How do you behave in these situations? Call the physician Call the MOPH Laboratory for testing Preventive advicea
Flu-like symptoms with, during the last 14 days, history of travel to infected areas/Or contact with a COVID-19 case 80 (25.8%) 196 (63.2%) 140 (45.2%) 17 (37.7%)
Flu-like symptoms without a history of travel to infected areas or contact with confirmed COVID-19 case 165 (53.2%) 51 (16.5%) 79 (25.5%) 162 (52.3%)
Corona suggestive symptoms (fever, dry cough, dyspnea) 147 (47.4%) 196 (63.2%) 158 (51.0%) 127 (41.0%)
Patient with a Positive COVID-19 PCR test, with or without respiratory symptoms 110 (35.5%) 266 (85.8%) 59 (19.0%) 120 (38.7%)
Patient panicking due to suspected exposure 106 (34.2%) 102 (32.9%) 159 (51.3%) 184 (59.4%)
Patient panicking without symptoms or exposure 62 (20.0%) 7 (2.3%) 55 (17.7%) 264 (85.2%)
  1. aPreventive advice included social distancing, hygiene measures, and quarantine if necessary; numbers are presented as frequency (percentage)