Health Ministry Issues Revised Guidelines For Home Isolation Of COVID-19 Patients

According to new guidelines imposed by the health ministry, patients under home isolation will stand discharged 10 days after the first symptoms.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 3, 2020

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The Union Health Ministry has issued revised guidelines for the home isolation of COVID-19 patients. The new guidelines now also bring asymptomatic positive patients into the list of mild or pre-symptomatic Coronavirus infection cases. But the Health Ministry has mentioned that those with immune-compromised status (like HIV, transplant recipients, cancer therapy) are not eligible for home isolation and should be treated in the hospital. As per the new guidelines, only those patients who fall under mild/pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic cases are eligible for home isolation. People above the age of 60, and especially those suffering from co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease etc. will only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.

The new guidelines also state that a caregiver should be available 24 hours with the patient who is being isolated in the home. The caregiver, as well as the family members, must take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as prescribed by the treating medical officer. The patients must also have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their phones.

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