THE PUBLIC Health Ministry has updated treatment guidelines for Covid-19 patients with quarantine reduced from 14 and 21 days to 10 and 20 days, Amarin TV said today (Nov. 3).
The ministry’s Department of Medical Services issued the updated guidelines last night after discussions with professors, experts from various fields and representatives of medical teams taking care of Covid patients.
Key changes are as follows:
1) Details added to diagnostics with the Antigen Test Kit (ATK);
2) Lopinavir/ritonavir removed from the list of recommended drugs;
3) Usage of Remdesivir adjusted to be in line with recommendations by the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA);
4) Detailed instructions added on prescribing antiviral drugs to pregnant women;
5) IVIG for MIS-C cases increased;
6) Quarantine (isolation) periods reduced from 14 days and 21 days for general patients and patients with low immunity or those with severe Covid-19 complications to 10 days and 20 days, respectively, with emphasis on not repeating the test by any method for a period of three months after being diagnosed;
7) It is recommended to conduct research using standard methods for drugs that as yet do not have any supporting research results on being effective in treating Covid-19.
Earlier the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said there were 7,679 coronavirus cases and 56 deaths in the 24 hours to this morning (Nov. 3) with this taking the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 1,935,442.
Of today’s cases 6,864 emerged in surveillance and healthcare systems, 272 were found through proactive search in communities, 536 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while seven foreign arrivals tested positive for this infection.
Another 8,482 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 1,818,462 while 97,585 are still undergoing treatment with 2,205 in serious condition and 483 requiring ventilators.
Today’s 56 fatalities raised the death toll to 19,394.
So far 77,014,092 doses of vaccines have been administered.
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