Guidelines of Home Quarantine
While more than 1.12 million people has already tested Covid 19 positive out of which 7 Lakhs recovered and 27,497 death case in India, Central Health Ministry had revised the guidelines of Home Quarantine which includes the asymptomatic patients.
The current guidelines are in supersession to the guidelines issued on the subject on 10th May, 2020, which says those patients who are clinically assigned as very mild/mild, moderate or severe and accordingly admitted to
(i) COVID Care Center,
(ii) Dedicated COVID Health Center or
(iii) Dedicated COVID Hospital respectively.
In view of large number of asymptomatic cases being detected, the current guidelines have been extended to asymptomatic positive cases also besides very mild and pre-symptomatic cases.
Home Quarantine Guidelines :
Ø The person should be clinically assigned as a very mild, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer.
Ø Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantining the family contacts.
Ø Patients suffering from immune compromised status (HIV, Transplant recipients, Cancer therapy etc) are not eligible for home isolation.
Ø Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, chronic lung, liver or kidney disease and Cerebro-vascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.
Ø A care taker 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.
Ø 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.
Ø Downloading Arogya Setu App on mobile will be mandatory for all and it should remain active at all times (through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi)
Ø The patient shall agree to monitor his health and regularly inform his health status to the District Surveillance Officer, who will facilitate further follow up by the surveillance teams.
Ø The patient will fill in an undertaking on self-isolation and shall follow home quarantine guidelines and the treating doctor should satisfy himself before allowing home isolation.