New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Health Ministry on Tuesday issued a fresh set of guidelines on self-isolation for patients who have been diagnosed with very mild symptoms of coronavirus or are “pre-symptomatic”.

The new guidelines are in addition to the ones for appropriate management of suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19 issued by the ministry earlier this month.

Currently, a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated and admitted to hospitals in order to break the chain of the deadly virus.

Who is eligible for home isolation and what he should follow

  • The person should be clinically assigned as a very mild case/ pre-symptomatic case by the treating medical officer.
  • Cases with very mild symptoms or pre-asymptomatic cases who have the requisite facilities in their homes for self-isolation and also for quarantining their family members.   
  • A care giver should be available to provide care on 24x7 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 and it should remain active at all times.
  • 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. Such individual shall be eligible for home isolation.

When to seek medical attention

The patient or the caregiver should 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 officer

When to discontinue home isolation

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.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta