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New Covid guidelines do not force positive cases to stay home

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health’s new guidelines on home-based care and treatment of Covid-19 cases allow coronavirus carriers to leave home on condition that they wear face masks and maintain a safe physical distance from other people.

However, according to the new guidelines, the infected under home care and treatment are advised to refrain from leaving their residence while under quarantine. Good ventilation must be ensured for their isolation rooms, the local media reported.

In January, home-based Covid patients would be freed from quarantine when they tested negative for Covid after seven days of treatment. If they remained positive for the virus after one week of treatment, they would have to continue self-quarantining for another 10 days or 14 days.

The ministry also requires caregivers and people living in the same homes of Covid cases to always wear face masks and maintain a safe physical distance.

Covid patients and caregivers are also told to regularly wash their hands and disinfect tables, door handles, toilet seats and wash sinks to prevent the spread of Covid.

In addition, the new guidance allows Covid patients to receive home treatment if they have no or mild symptoms, and have no or stable underlying health conditions.

Other Covid cases allowed to receive home treatment are those being treated at hospitals or clinics and have yet to fully recover but are permitted to return home for treatment.

Home-based Covid patients are told to take care of themselves, monitor their health and contact health workers if their health condition worsens.

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