Epidemic surveillance is a fundamental part of public health practice. Addressing under-ascertainment of cases is relevant in most surveillance systems, especially in pandemics of new diseases with a large spectrum of clinical presentations as it may influence timings of policy implementation and public risk perception. From this perspective, this article presents and discusses early evidence on under-ascertainment of COVID-19 and its motifs, options for surveillance, and reflections around their importance to tailor public health measures. In the case of COVID-19, systematically addressing and estimating under-ascertainment of cases is essential to tailor timely public health measures, and communicating these findings is of the utmost importance for policy making and public perception.
|Translated title of the contribution||Vigilância epidemiológica do COVID-19: considerações sobre incerteza e sub-deteção|
|Original language||Multiple languages|
|Journal||Portuguese Journal of Public Health|
|Early online date||2020|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|