New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Thursday issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic coronavirus cases. As per the guidelines, the patients who are mild or asymptomatic cases are now recommended for home isolation.
The guidelines stated that the patients should get the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts after being assigned as mild or asymptomatic cases by the treating medical officer.
Under the guidelines, 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.
However, people more than age of 60 years with co-morbid conditions should only be allowed for home isolation facility after required evaluation by the treating medical officer.
The patients with immune compromised status like HIV, Transplant recipients, and Cancer therapy will be not be recommended for home isolation. They will only be allowed for home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.
As per the revised guidelines, the patients must isolate themselves for other family members, live in identified room, and away from other members of the family especially from elderly and people with co-morbid conditions.
It was also suggested to patients to live in well-ventilated room with cross ventilation. They were advised to use triple-layer medical mask at all times. The patients were suggested to do proper monitoring of their health including blood oxygen saturation and inform the treating physician in cases of any deterioration.
Also, the guidelines said that decision to administer Remdesevir or any other investigational therapy must be taken by a medical professional and should be given by a medical professional in a hospital setting only.