Due to the large number of people showing COVID-19 symptoms and shortage of beds in hospitals, the government of many countries has advised people for home-isolation if their symptoms are mild. Many people are confused and unaware about when to discontinue the home-isolation. It’s very necessary to understand what procedures should follow to phase out this home isolation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for covid-19 infected people who want to discontinue home-isolation in non-healthcare settings. Earlier, CDC advised the duration of 14 days for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 or come in contact with a confirmed case. They also mentioned that you can discontinue home-isolation after 10 days if you have no symptoms or your COVID-19 test result is negative.
Elderly patients aged above 60 years and those underlying with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung/liver/kidney disease shall only be allowed for home isolation if their health conditions are monitored by their medical officer and they are getting proper home care services.
Advice for Caregivers, caring for someone with COVID-19 isolated at home or in a non-healthcare setting.
- Help them get the right medicines, healthy foods, and a lot of fluids (juice, hot water, milk).
- Talk to their doctor and follow the instructions for medicines advised by them.
- Be in touch with your patient’s doctor. Call the doctor and give them every detail and update.
- If your patient condition is getting worse, seek a medical emergency immediately.
- Make sure that your patient is wearing a mask when they are around you and others. You should also put on a mask before entering the patient room.
- Must wash your hands before and after giving food, medicines, and other items to your patient.
Duration of Home-Isolation
- Adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms remain infectious no more than 10 days after their symptoms began.
- In general, the home isolation duration is for 14 days, but individuals with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms can discontinue isolation after 10 days since the onset of the symptoms.
- Some severely immune-compromised persons likely remain infectious beyond 20 days after their symptoms began, so for them, the home quarantine duration will be 20 days. Well, they are advised to consult with Covid-19 disease specialists and infection control experts.
Under What Conditions Individuals Can Discontinue Home-Isolation
Follow the guidelines suggested by CDC for discontinuing home isolation:
A person having Covid-19 symptoms can discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
- At least 10 days, the time from exposure to symptom onset
- At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of symptoms without taking any medicines for fever.
- If other symptoms have generated.
CDC recommends that all people whether you’re symptomatic or asymptomatic should follow all recommended preventive measures in order to stop the spread of covid-19 transmission (e.g., wear masks in public settings, keep at least 6 feet distance from others, avoid visiting crowded places like malls, parks, and wash hands regularly).
Under what residential settings, individuals can stay at home for isolation:
- Patient health conditions should be stable enough to get care at home.
- A caregiver must be available at your home for taking appropriate care of covid-19 infected people.
- The patient’s house should have a separate bathroom, washroom, and bedroom which is used only by infected people.
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