Karnataka allows home isolation for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms

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With the number of coronavirus infection mounting across the state, the Karnataka government has started allowing home isolation for patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms of Covid-19 and has issued detailed guidelines for the same.

Until now, COVID-19 patients were isolated at COVID Care Centres or in hospitals in the state. But with beds in hospitals getting filled with patients, health officials have decided to allow home isolation with several conditions.

The health team from district health authority will be visiting the house of COVID-19 positive patient to assess the suitability for home isolation and triage of the patient. If conditions are found suitable for home isolation, the neighbours will also be informed of the patients’ condition. The isolation will be done with the knowledge of the family members and the physician.

The guidelines have mandated regular check-up, tele-consultation while the patient has to report to the physician or health authorities about their health status every day. The patient shall have a pulse oximeter, digital thermometer and personal protective equipment (facemasks, gloves) to be used during home isolation, a News Minute report said.

The patient will have to maintain distance from others in the house, disinfecting surfaces and should wear a N95 mask at all times.

If the patient has the following comorbidities - Hypertension, diabetes, obesity, thyroid disease; they shall be well managed and under good clinical control as assessed by medical officer or physician," the guidelines stated.

But patients with serious comorbid conditions like kidney diseases including patients on dialysis, heart diseases, stroke, tuberculosis, cancer, people living with HIV, immune-compromised, on steroids and immune-suppressants, etc. will not be allowed to isolate themselves at home.

Patients will be released from home isolation when they do not exhibit symptoms. It will also be 17 days after the onset of symptoms or date of sampling (for asymptomatic patients) and at least 10 days after fever subsides (with inputs from agencies)

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