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Home quarantine recommended as TN inches towards 5,000 cases a day
With coronavirus cases inching towards 5,000 cases per day, senior officials handling COVID control measures have instructed district collectors to promote home quarantine for those who do not require hospitalisation.
“The district administrations are advised to promote telemedicine and home quarantine. Recently two Collectors and Minister Nilofar Kafeel were advised home quarantine after evaluating their health parameters,” said a senior official, noting that thousands have recovered after home quarantine.
“We are waiting for the sero-surveillance by Chennai Corporation to be completed. That data will help administrators remodel medical protocol for COVID,” the official said.
Home quarantine has advantages for the patients with mild infections, he said, adding that those with mild infections should not occupy hospital beds.
“All those testing positive should be subjected to doctor’s examination for further treatment,” said senior official B Chandramohan, the monitoring officer for Madurai. Explaining the procedure undertaken in Madurai, he said home quarantine is suggested only for those who have access to telemedicine.
“Parameters like body temperature and oxygen saturation of every patient are monitored twice a day, which are made available to doctors through software to track those in home quarantine. Majority of patients only require quarantine care with basic medicines,” Chandramohan said.
“A section of virologists says that asymptomatic patients do not spread the virus. But they can be silent spreaders, so we should be careful when recommending home quarantine. But for stable patients, home quarantine is the best solution,” said former city health officer Dr P Kuganantham, a member of the State experts’ panel on COVID.
Those who have separate rooms in their house and have basic equipment like thermometer and pulse oximeter can be sent on home quarantine, he said. “But the patients from congested localities where the house is less than 500 sq ft should not be quarantined at home. It is not advisable if it is a joint family,” Kuganantham noted.
HOUSE ISOLATION DO’S & DON’TS
- Who should opt for home quarantine?
- Those without any comorbid conditions like diabetes, BP, heart and kidney ailment
- Those with mild symptoms like body pain and headache
- Spacious house with telemedicine facility and separate bathrooms
- Families with less than three members
Who should not opt for home quarantine?
- Those with breathing difficulties and comorbid conditions
- Small houses without separate bathrooms and poor ventilation
- Joint family with aged persons and kids
Who should opt for quarantine centre
- Those with a sore throat and mild symptoms
- No facility to isolate at home
- Those without telemedicine option
- More than two members positive