Karnataka government is allowing select asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic Covid-19 patients to recuperate at home as part of home isolation guidelines, an official said on Friday.
“Only those who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic shall be allowed to be in isolation at home,” said a health official, highlighting that such patients should be properly oriented on home isolation.
However, before home isolation, a health team will visit the patient’s house and assess its suitability for executing home isolation.
Similarly, the patient should be provided with a teleconsultation link for initial triage, daily follow up and during the entire home isolation time.
For a daily update, the patient isolated at home should give a report on his health status to the physician or health authorities.
“The home isolation shall be with the knowledge of the family members, neighbours, treating physician and local health authorities,” said the official.
Though home isolation is allowed, it is not blanket permission for all asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases in Karnataka to avail.
“Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantining the family contacts. A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24×7 basis,” said the official.
Likewise, the caregiver should also have a regular communication link between him and the hospital during home isolation.
No patient above 50 years will be allowed to avail home isolation.
“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 the medical officer,” he said.
However, patients with comorbidities such as kidney diseases, dialysis, heart diseases, stroke, tuberculosis, cancer and HIV cannot avail home isolation.
Likewise, immunity compromised patients and those on steroids also cannot be on home isolation.
Though pregnant women are not allowed to avail this facility, lactating women are allowed after due instruction and assessment.
The Health Department has also issued several other guidelines and protocols for a patient choosing home isolation.