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HCMC shortens quarantine time for cases under home care

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has shortened the quarantine time for Covid-19 cases receiving home care and treatment from the current 14 days to 10 days.

In its guidelines on the home-based treatment of Covid cases issued on January 6, the department regulated that positive cases aged between three months and 64 years can be treated at home, instead of those aged between one and 50 as earlier.

In addition, the Favipiravir antiviral drug will be used for Covid treatment, the local media reported.

The decisions were made in the context that the number of new Covid cases, critical cases and deaths have fallen and economic activities have resumed.

Accordingly, Covid cases must meet certain requirements to be treated at home, such as showing mild symptoms, an SpO2 reading higher than 97%, having no underlying health problems or obesity, and receiving two vaccine doses.

If they do not meet these requirements, they can still stay at home if their underlying illnesses and health conditions are stable.

However, if their families have members at high risk of Covid infection, they are encouraged to quarantine at separate facilities.

Medical stations of communes, wards and towns were assigned to make lists of Covid cases within their precincts. The Covid cases will be instructed to monitor their health at home and provided with Covid-19 drugs within 24 hours after being tested and drugs for their underlying illnesses for a month.

If they develop shortness of breath, they must immediately contact medical workers.

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