The Health Ministry has issued revised discharge policy for COVID-19 patients in which very mild, mild and moderate patients can be discharged without COVID-19 test, subject to clinical conditions.
Symptomatic condition like very mild, mild and pre-symptomatic cases admitted to a COVID Care Facility will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring. The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge.
The patient on the time of discharge will be advised to follow the home isolation for a further 7 days. If they develop symptoms of fever, cough or breathing difficulty again, they must contact the COVID Care Centre-State helpline or 1075.
Patients whose fever does not cure within 3 days and demand of oxygen therapy continues will be discharged only after the resolution of clinical symptoms and the ability to maintain oxygen saturation for 3 consecutive days. Discharge criteria for severe cases will be based on clinical recovery and testing of the patient by RT-PCR.
(With inputs) …