Health Ministry: Only Test Severe COVID Positive Patients Before Discharge

Publish On: 10 May, 2020 12:13 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

NEW DELHI: The health ministry has released some revised policies regarding the patients suffering from COVID-19 virus getting discharged. It has said that only the patients who have severe symptoms and have been critically ill need to go through the RT-PCR testing before finally getting discharged from the medical facility they were kept in.

Which means the patients who have only shown mild symptoms and have been pre-symptomatic need not go through the testing before getting released from the hospital once the symptoms are gone.

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As per prior rules, patients were only getting discharged if they were observed to be negative on the 14th day and again after a duration of 24 hours.

The ministry revealed, "The revised discharge policy is aligned with the guidelines on the 3 tier COVID facilities and the categorisation of patients based on clinical severity."

As far as the cases which are considered moderate are concerned, they will undergo body temperature and oxygen saturation. If the saturation is more than 95% for the coming 4 days and the fever goes within 3 days, that patient will get discharged after 10 days of symptom onset, if there is no fever without antipyretics, resolution of breathlessness and no oxygen requirement.

After getting discharged the patient will be expected to be under self-isolation in their home for at least a week.

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"There will be no need for testing prior to discharge," the ministry said.