In view of the evolving situation of COVID-19 in the state of Karnataka and recent revision of guidelines from Government of India, the following guidelines for ending home isolation/home care of COVID-19 patients are issued.
1. Patients under home isolation will stand discharged (released from home isolation/home care) after 10 days of symtom onset (or date of sampling, for asymptomatic cases) and no fever for 3 days. Thereafter, the patient shall be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further 7 days. There is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over.
2. They shall be released if the following criteria are met:
a) No symptoms
b) No fever (recorded body temperature is less than or equal to 37.5-degree celsius or less than or equal to 99.5- degree fahrenheit)
c) Maintains oxygen saturation above 95%.
d) Respiratory rate is less than 24 per minute.
3. There is no need for any COVID-19 test (RT-PCR/CBNAAT/True-NAT/Rapid Antigen test) after the period of home isolation/home care is over.
4. The person shall be allowed to resume duty only after satisfactory completion of home isolation/home care.
5. A fitness certificate shall be issued by the concerned area medical officer (PHC/UPHC/CHC/GH)/treating physician/family doctor. Alternatively, an e-certificate my be issued in the prescribed format by tele-monitoring team.
6. If the person in home isolation/home care is under consultation /daily monitoring by private hospital, the concerned private hospital shall report to district surveillance officer (DSO) regarding release of person from home isolation.
7. Disinfection of house: After completion of home isolation/home care period, disinfect all the commonly touched surfaces and objects inside the house preferably with 7% Lysolor 1% sodium hypochlorite solution. Spraying 1% sodium hypchlorite solution on the floors, walls above 6 feet, ceiling and open places will not provide any benefit. The floors shall be wet mopped with common household detergent.