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The quarantine period for healthcare workers (HCWs) with high-risk exposure to confirmed COVID-19 cases has been reduced from 14 days to one week initially, as per the latest advisory by the Union Health Ministry on 18 June.

• In its updated advisory, the health ministry has directed the nodal officer or head of the department to form a sub-committee to assess the level of exposure and the risk as per assessment.

• "Thereafter taking the profile of such doctors, nursing officers, and other health workers, a decision shall be taken by the nodal officer/head of the department (or his appointed sub-committee) for a further period of one week," stated the revised guidelines.

• After a week, they shall be tested as per ICMR testing protocol, actively monitored for development of symptoms and managed as per laid down protocol.

~ "If they test positive but remain asymptomatic they will follow protocol for very mild, mild, and presymptomatic cases.

~ If they test negative and remain asymptomatic, complete 14-day quarantine, and return to work.

• Should symptoms develop, mild cases can opt for home isolation while moderate cases that require oxygen therapy will be managed at a Dedicated COVID Health Center while severe cases will be managed in a Dedicated COVID Hospital," stated the government document.

• In the previous advisory issued last month, it stated that high-risk contacts were to be quarantined for 14 days, tested as per ICMR testing protocol, actively monitored for development of symptoms, and managed as per laid down protocol.

Click here https://www.plexusmd.com/md/post/mohfw-issued-an-advisory-for/54644 to view the previous advisory.

Note: This list is a brief compilation of some of the key recommendations included in the Guideline and is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice. Updated advisory is attached as pdf.

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
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