The Center revises its leave policy for patients with Covid


New Delhi, 13 January: The Center has revised the Covid patient discharge policy to align it with the Covid-19 clinical management protocol, guidelines for home isolation of mild cases and advice on testing strategy, it was announced on Wednesday.

“Following a review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on the Covid situation, we have revised our exit policy with severity categorized into mild and moderate cases,” Joint Health Secretary Lav Agrawal said during of a press briefing.

The policy is in line with guidelines for home isolation of mild cases of Covid-19, he added.

Mild cases admitted to a health facility or in home isolation will be subject to regular medical follow-up. The patient should be discharged after at least seven days after testing positive and free of fever for three consecutive days, Agrawal said, adding that there is no need for testing before discharge.

In the moderate category, a patient with saturation greater than 93% for three consecutive days without oxygen support and stable comorbidities may be discharged as recommended by physicians without further testing.

Agrawal said those patients who are on oxygen therapy with continuous demands may be discharged after resolution of clinical symptoms, ability to maintain prescribed oxygen saturation for three consecutive days without oxygen support, and after stable comorbidities.

However, the discharge policy for severe cases, including immunocompromised people, will depend on clinical recovery, the report mentions, Agrawal added.

Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat are emerging states of concern based on rising cases, according to the health ministry.

“Omicron has a substantial growth advantage over Delta according to WHO. Data from South Africa, UK, Canada and Denmark suggest a reduced risk of hospitalization for Omicron compared to Delta,” said Agrawal.

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