New guidelines for home isolation: Here’s what to do if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms
Take a look at these new set of guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry for home isolation of people with very mild symptoms of coronavirus.
The Union Home Ministry has issued a new set of guidelines for people who have very mild symptoms of coronavirus. It says such people or those who are pre-symptomatic can opt for home isolation if they have the requisite self-isolation facility at their residence so as to avoid contact with other family members.
The COVID-19 death toll in India rose to 934 and the number of cases climbed to 29,435 on Tuesday, said the Ministry.
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According to the guidelines, issued on Monday, the patient should be clinically assigned as a very mild case or pre-symptomatic case by the treating medical officer. The patient should regularly inform his health status to the district surveillance officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.
The instructions say that the care giver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication according to the protocol and as prescribed by the treating medical officer.
All suspected (awaiting test results) and confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease are currently being isolated and managed in a hospital setting with the intent to break the chain of transmission, the Health Ministry said.
As per existing guidelines, during the containment phase the patients should be clinically assigned as very mild/mild, moderate or severe and accordingly admitted to COVID Care Centre, Dedicated COVID Health Centre or Dedicated COVID Hospital respectively.
"However, very mild/pre-symptomatic patients having the requisite facility at his/her residence for self-isolation will have the option for home isolation," the Ministry stated.
As per the global evidence, 80 per cent of COVID cases are mild cases while remaining 20 per cent may develop complications which would require hospitalisation. Out of the hospitalized cases of COVID-19, only 5 per cent may require ICU care.
Experts say the primary treatment for COVID-19 is supportive treatment in more than 80 per cent of the patients and oxygen therapy in around 15 per cent of patients along with other drugs.
According to the new directions, a care giver should be available to provide care on a 24x7 basis. A communication link between the care giver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.
Besides, the guidelines call for downloading the Arogya Setu App on mobile and it should remain active at all times (through bluetooth and Wi-Fi).
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Immediate medical attention must be sought if serious signs or symptoms including difficulty in breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, mental confusion, developing bluish discolorations of lips/face develop or if is advised by treating medical officer, the Ministry stated in the guidelines.
"Patients under home isolation will end home isolation if symptoms are clinically resolved and the surveillance medical officer certifies him to be free of infection after laboratory testing," it said.