The month of July has seen a huge spike of COVID positive cases in Belagavi and this has put a heavy burden on the health infrastructure.
As in other cities now the local health officials have opted for Home Isolation of COVID positives as per the guidelines laid down.
Around 15 persons are currently getting treated under home isolation.
The health officials will keep a track of the health of the patient on a daily basis.
Patients eligible for home isolation
The person should be clinically assigned as a very mild/pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer.
Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantining the family contacts.
Patients suffering from immune-compromised status (HIV, Transplant recipients, Cancer therapy etc) are not eligible for home isolation.
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 shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer.
A care giver should be available to provide care on 24 x7 basis.
A communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.
The patient shall agree to monitor his health and regularly inform his health status to the District Surveillance Officer, who will facilitate further follow up by the surveillance teams.
When to seek medical attention
Patient / Care giver will keep monitoring their health.
Immediate medical attention must be sought if serious signs or symptoms develop.
i. Difficulty in breathing,
ii. Dip in oxygen saturation (SpO2 < 95%)
iii.Persistent pain/pressure in the chest,
iv. Mental confusion or inability to arouse,
v. Slurred speech/seizures
vi. Weakness or numbness in any limb or face
vii. Developing bluish discolorations of lips/face