AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Friday explained the situations in which a COVID patient should seek medical support. Difficulty in breathing, dip in oxygen saturation and mental confusion were some of them.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, he also said that patients suffering from COVID-19 can end their home isolation after becoming asymptomatic for at least 10 days. Guleria added that there is no need to get tested again once the isolation period is over.
The top doctor advised that people with mild or no symptoms must continue medications for other comorbid conditions as prescribed. He reiterated that the Remdesivir injections, which is in shortage across the country, must be administered only in a hospital setting by a medical professional.
Guleria also put out a list of treatment for COVID patients under home isolation. This included performing warm water gargles and taking steam inhalation twice a day.
As a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic rips through the country, the government has already said that it is time people start wearing masks inside their homes as well and refrain from inviting guests.
Guleria on Sunday said that Remdesivir is not a drug that can treat every COVID-19 patient. "Remdesivir is not a magic bullet, it's given to only patients who are hospitalised, have moderate to severe disease and whose oxygen saturation is below 93...Don't misuse oxygen and Remdesivir."
In the new biggest daily spike, India on Thursday recorded 386,452 cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of coronavirus infections in the nation to 18,762,976. A total of 3,498 people died from the COVID-19 infection, taking the death toll to 208,330.