Know all about home isolation for mild case/ pre-symptomatic Covid 19 cases

NC Correspondent 
 
In the wake of the rising cases in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday released a guidelines for home isolation for mild and pre-symptomatic Covid-19 cases. The new guidelines are an addition to the original guidelines released by the government in regards to handling the symptomatic Covid 19 patients. The guidelines throw light on the eligibility of patients for home isolation, sources said.

The guidelines goes as follows:
  • The  person  should  be  clinically  assigned  as  a very mild  case/  pre-symptomatic case by  thetreating medical officer.
  • Such  cases shouldhave  the  requisite  facility  at  their  residence  for  self-isolation  and  also  for quarantining the family contacts.
  • A  care  giver should  be  available to  provide  care  on  24  x7  basis.  A  communication  link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.
  • The  care  giver  and  all  close  contacts  of  such  cases  should  take  Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as per protocol and as prescribed by the treating medical officer.
  • Download  Arogya  Setu  App  on  mobile  (available  at:  https://www.mygov.in/aarogya-setu-app/) and it should remain active at all times (through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi)
  • The  patient  shall  agree  to  monitor  his  health and regularly  inform  his  health  status  to  the District Surveillance Officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.
  • The  patient  will  fill  in  an  undertaking  on  self-isolation and  shall  follow  home quarantine guidelines.  
When to seek medical attention

Patient  /  Care  giver  will  keep  monitoring  their  health.  Immediate  medical  attention  must  be  sought  if serious signs or symptoms develop.  These could include:


  • Difficulty in breathing,
  • Persistent pain/pressure in the chest,
  • Mental confusion or inability to arouse,
  • Developing bluish discolorations of lips/face 
  • As advised by treating medical office
When to discontinue home isolation 

Patients  under  home  isolation  will  end  home  isolationif  symptoms  are  clinically  resolved  and  the surveillance medical officer certifies him to be free of infection after laboratory testing, 


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