Bengaluru: Medical experts suggest home isolation for asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic patients

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Bengaluru, Jul 1: Expressing serious concern over the sharp spike in the COVID-19 infection cases in Bengaluru and rest of Karnataka, a team of medical experts and government officers consulted by chief minister B S Yediyurappa for the effective management in the state have advised the state government that asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients may be treated at home as it would 'be more appropriate and lessen the burden on hospitals.'

The CM had convened the meeting of medical experts in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Wednesday to suggest the adoption of guidelines and strategy to be implemented for treatment and COVID management in the state.

Most of the experts opined that treating asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients in home isolation was better and advised the state government to focus on treating people with serious conditions and comorbid patients.

The medical experts stressed the need for taking effective steps to reduce the doubling period and strict enforcement of precautionary measures in closed places, close contact and crowded areas.

They also suggested to use the telemedicine system to treat asymptomatic patients and wanted the staff strength at field level must be enhanced for contact tracing.

Effective usage of Tele ICU and regular online training about treatment protocols are necessary, the medical experts suggested.

They asked for uninterrupted oxygen supply chain and new drugs supply chain for effective treatment of COVID patients and emphasized the need to prevent 'fearful atmosphere and social stigma attached to this pandemic' and wanted the government to take the people into confidence to control the spread of the pandemic.

The chief minister promised that the opinion of the medical experts would be discussed in detail and necessary steps would be taken.

Medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar, health and family welfare minister B Sriramulu, home minister Basavaraj Bommai, chief secretary T M Vijaya Bhaskar and other senior officials attended the meeting.



Comment on this article

  • Raj, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    If government gives confidence for people to stay in home, lot of money will be saved.

    In Private hospital, for one person they will take 4-5 Lakhs. If 4 member of the family get it - 20 Lakhs gone.

    It is better government comes up with Home treatment plan for Asymptomatic & less severe patients.

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    The quarantine os asymptotic was only to improve the hotel industry business. The government had lot of pressure that the hotels and eateries are loosing so they made them quarantine centers and also the center of corruption.

    I heard other states (Kerala/Orissa) the asymptotic patients are home quarantined and a sticker was put outside the house so that the people do not come out. Police or govt officials will come every day to check whether he is in or out. Even local people were involved to see that they don't go out if they did the complain to the concerned officials

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Age old advice: Prevention is always better than the cure.
    Don't step out, unless you have to. And if u do, use a mask.
    U might be asymptomatic or carry mild symptoms, but your mother or wife might not, and worse they might have underlying medical conditions.
    The WHO has repeatedly said to wear a mask when stepping outside, but surprisingly people in india are still not wearing one. People in Dubai are more keenly following the law with wearing masks, unlike in India.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    Asymptomatic patients has got better immunity than others. At the same time the virus fights its best to suppress the immune system. If the virus wins, the symptoms in those asymptomatic patients becomes very serious ones compared to the patients with symptoms from the beginning.
    There are many cases where asymptomatic patients suddenly develop complications.
    So even if they are home quarantined, there should be a system to check the patient for developing symptoms. I heard in Dubai, the health authorities call the patients every day and take reports .

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    The lockdown was the period to plan and do all this.But the admistration only managed the crisis without planning for future. Now they are reacting to the present issue. But i agree with the experts home is the best place to treat mild corona cases. And only those who have difficulty in breathing should be hospitalised. Admistration should have visiting team of doctors to monitor. And admirstration should make arrangements to provide medical suppplies and day to day supplies to the quarantined at home.

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    When we know there is no cure ..what is the point of treatment at hospital unless critical..
    Better is to treat and home isolation ...over the counter paracetamol will control the fever ..
    Unless critical no need to hospitalize.
    Stick to a vegeterian diet ..for some time ..avoid cold drinks ..and follow other regular safety procedures..

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    A good decision.Now those who really require hospitalization- serious patients of covid will get beds in hospitals and patients having other illnesses can avail better treatment
    Hospital crossinfections will also be prevented to some extent.

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  • Sundara Karkala, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 2 2020

    There are more than 30 asymptomatic Coivid-19 positive personnel admitted in ESI hospital Mangalore. It’s unnecessary action from Government, Extra Burdon for Healthcare workers. Though its asymptomatic, all medical tests and periodic vital checking to be performed as per protocol. Health care workers working under pressure, stressful and exhausted due to working wearing PPE.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 1 2020

    The best advice the experts have given to make resources, time & money available to those who need it most & to prevent overwhelming of health facilities.
    I was commenting the same for some time, why?
    The reason is simple- people recover faster in their home environment than in a hospital where other infections are possible delaying or putting at risk of lives of patients.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 1 2020

    Advice the same to the entire state. Nobody wants to be caged in that Wenlock and starved. According to cases/patients already experienced, least care is offered except for fever tablets and very poor meals. Fearing such conditions, people even fear reporting when they suffer a fever.

    Better asymptomatic people care for themselves with home isolation than going to such dungeons.

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  • praveen, mlore

    Wed, Jul 1 2020

    this one i was saying this from begining...its good idea but here people must adhere rules..they shud not break rules n should not goes out..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 1 2020

    Even Hospitals administer the same treatment & charge you a Bomb ...

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