The centre has released revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. Over the last two years, it has been seen globally as well as in India that a majority of cases of COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. Such cases usually recover with minimal interventions and accordingly may be managed at home under proper medical guidance and monitoring, the Health Ministry said today.
The centre has thus issued and updated guidelines for home isolation from time to time to clarify selection criteria, precautions that need to be followed by such patients and their families, signs that require monitoring and prompt reporting to health facilities.
Patients under home isolation can end isolation after at least seven days have passed from testing positive and if there is no fever for three days in a row. They will continue to wear masks. There is no need for re-testing after home isolation period is over. Earlier, home isolation ended after 10 days from onset of symptoms.
Below is the latest set of revised home isolation guidelines:
Asymptomatic cases are laboratory confirmed cases that are not experiencing any symptoms and have oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93 per cent. Clinically assigned mild cases are patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms with or without fever, without shortness of breath and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93 per cent.