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Health Ministry issues guidelines for home isolation of people with very mild symptoms of COVID-19

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The Union Health Ministry has released a set of new guidelines on how to go about if someone shows very mild symptoms of coronavirus or pre-symptomatic.

It states that they can be self isolated if such a facility exists at their residence to check the infection to spread further.

According to a new set of guidelines, the medical officers who are treating these patients can assign them as a very mild case or pre-symptomatic case, a PTI report said.

At the same time, the patient should regularly inform their health status to the district surveillance officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.

Also, the caregiver 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, report said.

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 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.

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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