Change in Kerala’s COVID-19 protocol; discharge after 1st negative result
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has issued an order changing the COVID-19 protocol in the state.
As per the new regulations, coronavirus patients will be discharged from hospitals after their first test result comes out negative. Earlier, the patients were released after two negative test results.
Both the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the World Health Organization had implemented this change in their discharge protocol. However, Kerala had not implemented this directive to ensure safety and to continue exercising caution. But the latest decision is to change this protocol.
From now on patients will be divided into sections ahead of the discharge protocol. Those who do not show symptoms and display only minor symptoms will be tested on the 10th day. If the first test result is negative, those who don’t show COVID-19 symptoms will be discharged immediately. Patients displaying minor symptoms will be discharged after three days if they do not continue to show the symptoms.
COVID-19 patients suffering from other diseases will be tested on the 14th day. If the result comes out negative, a decision on discharge will be taken after considering the status of other diseases they are suffering from.
Moreover, mandatory 14 day quarantine for the discharged patients has been removed. The new directive refrains the discharged persons from unnecessary travel and contact with others for 7 days.