Now, COVID-19 Asymptomatic patients can end home isolation after 10 days

There will be no need for testing prior to discharge, the Manipur government said in a statement on Saturday.


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The Manipur government on Saturday announced that asymptomatic Covid positive patients who are under home isolation can end their isolation period after 10 days from the date of sampling and “there will be no need for testing prior to discharge.”

The announcement was made in a ‘Revised Discharge Policy for COVID-19’ issued by the Directorate of Health Services. This revised discharge policy is developed in alignment with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s “Revised Discharge Policy for COVID-19" dated May 8, 2020 and the ‘Revised guidelines for Home Isolation of mild/ asymptomatic COVID-19 cases’ dated April 28, 2021, the Directorate of Health Services stated in a statement signed by director Health Services, Manipur Dr K Rajo Singh.

The asymptomatic cases are laboratory confirmed cases not experiencing any symptoms and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 96 per cent. Asymptomatic cases are monitored under home isolation (subject to their eligibility as per the revised guidelines), the Directorate of Health Services stated.

As for mild to very mild cases (SP02 level greater than or equal to 94 per cent) admitted to a Covid Care Facility, they will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring, it added.

The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and absence of fever without antipyretics for the last three days and similar to asymptomatic cases, there will be no need for testing prior to discharge, the statement mentioned.

At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to isolate himself at home and self monitor their health for further seven days, the Directorate of Health Services stated.  

After discharge from the facility, if he/ she again develops symptoms of fever, cough, or breathing difficulties, they will contact Covid Care Centre or State Covid Helpline/ Control Room No 1800-345-3818 or respective District Covid Helpline numbers, it stated.

For moderate cases whose symptoms resolve within three days and maintain oxygen saturation greater than or equal to 95 per cent for the next four days (without oxygen support), such patients will also be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset in case of absence of fever without antipyretics, resolution of breathlessness and no oxygen requirement, it stated adding there will be no need for testing prior to discharge.

The Directorate of Health Services further stated that at the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to isolate at home and self monitor their health for seven more days.

For moderate cases of oxygenation whose fever does not resolve within three days and demand of oxygen therapy continues, such patients will be discharged only after resolution of clinical symptoms; ability to maintain oxygen saturation for three consecutive days. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge for these cases as well, it mentioned.

At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further seven days, it stated.

For severe cases including immunocompromised (HIV patients, transplant recipients, malignancy), their discharge will be based on clinical recovery, patient tested negative once by RT-PCR (after resolution of symptoms), Directorate of Health Services added.

First Published:May 29, 2021, 11:50 p.m.

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