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How to Quarantine ?

NEW DELHI: The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in India has reached 83. As a precautionary measure, the government has suspended all visas, except a few categories such as diplomatic and employment, till April 15. Further, the ministry of health & family welfare has issued guidelines for home quarantine for all those who have come in contact with suspected and confirmed cases. Here’s a look.
A home quarantined person should

  • Stay in a well-ventilated single-room preferably with an attached toilet. If another family member needs to stay in the same room, maintain a distance of at least 1 meter with him/her.
  • Stay away from elderly people, pregnant women, children and persons with co-morbidities within the household.
  • Restrict movement within the house.
  • Under no circumstances attend any social/religious gathering e.g. wedding, condolences, etc.
  • Wash hand frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing household items e.g. dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people at home.
  • Wear a surgical mask at all times. The mask should be changed every 6-8 hours and disposed of.
  • Used mask should be considered as potentially infected.
  • If symptoms appear (cough/fever/difficulty in breathing), immediately inform the nearest health centre or call 011-23978046.

Instructions for the family members of persons being home quarantined

  • Only an assigned family member should be tasked with taking care of the such person.
  • Avoid shaking the soiled linen or direct contact with skin.
  • Use disposable gloves when cleaning the surfaces or handling soiled linen Wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Visitors should not be allowed.
  • In case the person being quarantined becomes symptomatic, all his close contacts will be home quarantined (for 14 days) and followed up for an additional 14days or till the report of such case turns out negative on lab testing

Environmental sanitation

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the quarantined person’s room (e.g. bed frames, tables etc.) daily with 1% Sodium Hypochlorite Solution.
  • Clean and disinfect toilet surfaces daily with regular household bleach solution/phenolic disinfectants.
  • Clean the clothes and other linen used by the person separately using common household detergent and dry.

The home quarantine period is for 14 days from contact with a confirmed case or earlier if a suspect case turns out negative on laboratory testing.
Source: Ministry of health & family welfare

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