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What is required for home isolation ?

– Patients eligible for home isolation

  • The person should be clinically assigned as a very mild/pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic case by the treating medical officer. 
  • Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and also for quarantining the family contacts.
  • Patients suffering from immunocompromised status (HIV, Transplant recipients, Cancer therapy etc) are not eligible for home isolation. 
  • Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, Chronic lung/liver/ kidney disease, Cerebro-vascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer
  • A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24 x7 basis. A communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.
  • Download Arogya Setu App on mobile (available at: and it should remain active at all times (through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi)
  • The patient shall agree to monitor his health and regularly inform his health status to the District Surveillance Officer, who will facilitate further follow up by the surveillance teams. 
  • The patient will fill in an undertaking on self-isolation (Annexure I) and shall follow home quarantine guidelines. The treating doctor should satisfy himself before allowing home isolation
  • In addition to the guidelines on home-quarantine available at:, the required instructions for the caregiver and the patient as in Annexure II shall be also followed.

–  When to seek medical attention

Patient / Caregiver will keep monitoring their health. Immediate medical attention must be sought if serious signs or symptoms develop. These could include

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Dip in oxygen saturation (SpO2 < 95%) 
  • Persistent pain/pressure in the chest,
  • Mental confusion or inability to arouse
  • Slurred speech/seizures
  • Weakness or numbness in any limb or face 
  • Developing bluish discolorations of lips/face.

– When to discontinue home isolation

Patients under home isolation will stand discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days. Thereafter, the patient will be advised to isolate at home and self-monitor their health for further 7 days. There is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over.

Source: Ministry of health & family welfare.

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