Govt revises norms; Patients with mild Covid symptoms can be discharged without –ve certificate
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala health department has revised the guidelines for discharging Covid patients from hospitals in the wake of increasing cases. As per the revised guidelines, negative antigen certificate is not required to discharge Covid patients with less infections. They can be discharged if no symptoms are displayed in the past 72 hours and should continue in home quarantine.
Those with mild symptoms should continue in home quarantine for 17 days. If the symptoms become worse, health department should be contacted and treatment should be sought. During the quarantine period, patients should self-inspect for any physical discomfort.
Patients with moderate infection can be discharged after three days of displaying the symptoms. They can be discharged to home quarantine or first/second line Covid treatment centres. Decision can be taken by health workers as per the situation.
Even patients with severe symptoms but who test negative in antigen test can be discharged. The antigen test should be conducted on the 14th day from displaying symptoms. They should be kept in observation for three more days and if no issues are found, can be discharged. If the antigen test comes positive, another test should be conducted after every 48 hours until it turns negative and further procedures should be followed.