The COVID-19 Omicron variant has given rise to a lot of asymptomatic/mild cases. The asymptomatic cases are laboratory confirmed cases who are not experiencing any symptoms and have oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93%. Clinically assigned mild cases are patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms with or without fever, without shortness of breath and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93%.
To stop the spread, asymptomatic patients are being advised to stay under home isolation.
Patients eligible for home isolation:
The patient should be clinically assigned as mild/asymptomatic case by the treating doctor.
Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts.
A caregiver (ideally someone who has completed his COVID-19 vaccination schedule) should be available to provide care on 24x7 basis.
Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung/liver/kidney disease, cerebro-vascular disease etc., should only home isolate after proper evaluation by the treating doctor.
Patients suffering from immune compromised status (HIV, transplant recipients, cancer therapy etc.) are not recommended for home isolation and should only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by their treating doctor.