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Mumbai: The BMC on Saturday said Covid patients who are under home isolation will be “discharged” from the civic body’s patients list 10 days after the onset of the first symptoms— that is, if they have no fever for three consecutive days and their oxygen saturation is above 95.
Thereafter, the patients will be advised to continue to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for seven more days. There is no need for a Covid test after the home isolation is over.
This would mean a patient would remain isolated for a total of 17 days. The BMC allows home isolation if a patient is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms, is a senior citizen or has comorbidities but has no symptoms upon evaluation by an assistant medical health officer in consultation with a family doctor.
The BMC does not allow asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms to be admitted if they have requisite facilities at their residence for isolation.
Dr Daksha Shah, deputy chief executive health officer, said they were only following the government of India guidelines. “The guidelines say the patient should be isolated for 10 days and after that we show the patient as discharged in our list. The patient is advised to be isolated for another seven days,” she said.