The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) stated that very mild or presymptomatic Covid-19 patients may opt for home isolation, given that his/ her residence has the facility to do so.
As per the existing guidelines, during the containment phase, the patients should be clinically assigned as very mild, mild, moderate, or severe and accordingly admitted to COVID Care Centre or dedicated COVID health center or COVID hospital respectively. "However, very mild/ presymptomatic patients having the requisite facility at his/her residence for self-isolation will have the option for home isolation," the government of India said in a statement.
Who can go for home isolation?
- The person who has been clinically assigned as a very mild case/ pre-symptomatic case by the treating medical officer. However, he/she need to fill in an undertaking on the agreement before opting for self-isolation.
- Such a person should have the required facility for self-isolation at home and also for quarantining the family contacts.
- A care giver and all the close contacts should be available to provide care on a 24x7 basis. A communication link with the hospital and caregiver for the entire duration of home isolation is a prerequisite.
- The care giver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as per the protocol.
- Download Arogya Setu App on mobile and it should remain active at all times.
- The patient shall agree to monitor his health and regularly inform his health status to the District Surveillance Officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.
- The patient will fill in an undertaking on self-isolation and shall follow home quarantine guidelines. Such individuals shall be eligible for home isolation.
Guidelines for caregivers and close contacts