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Here are the new COVID guidelines to ensure proper home isolation of COVID positive patients!

All mild or asymptomatic patients in home isolation need to comply with these latest guidelines.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued new guidelines pertaining to the home isolation of COVID patients. These norms guide the infected patients, their caretakers and the state, to ensure safe and timely treatment of those people, identified as mild or asymptomatic, clinically. Ranging from precautions to medicines, the Union has revised and reissued a detailed set of protocols after 9 months, that flow as stated below.

Revised guidelines for home-isolated COVID patients

  • COVID patient(s) must isolate themselves from household members, especially the elderly and those with co-morbid conditions like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, renal disease etc
  • Stay in a well-ventilated, identified room. All windows must be kept to allow cross ventilation to facilitate fresh air
  • An N-95 mask should be preferred by caretakers and patients when in contact
  • Take rest and consume a lot of fluids to maintain adequate hydration
  • Follow respiratory etiquettes at all times
  • Hands must be cleaned frequently, for 40 seconds with soap and water. An alcohol-based sanitiser is prescribed for the patients and caretakers
  • Don't share personal items with other people in the household
  • Ensure cleaning of surfaces in the room that are touched often (tabletops, doorknobs, handles, etc.) with 1% hypochlorite solution
  • Masks should be treated with 1% Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) solution before they are discarded
  • Self-monitoring of blood oxygen saturation with a pulse oximeter is strongly advised
  • Self-monitor health with daily temperature monitoring and report promptly if any of the following critical symptoms are observed:
  1. Difficulty in breathing
  2. Dip in oxygen saturation (SpO2 < 94% on room air)
  3. Persistent pain/pressure in the chest
  4. Mental confusion or inability to arouse

Guidelines for caretakers

  • Caretakers of COVID patients must ensure that they are always wearing a triple layer mask and an N-95 when in the company of the patient
  • A mask must be immediately changed if it's soiled with secretion or any other way. Caretakers need to ensure that they are not touching the front of the mask
  • After removing or changing maks, getting in contact with the patient and before/after using the toilet, the caretaker must perform hand hygiene

  • Use soap and water for handwashing at least for 40 seconds. An alcohol-based hand rub can be used if hands are not visibly soiled. Use disposable paper towels to wipe hands, instead of a clean cloth.
  • Caretakers have to make sure that they avoid touching their own face, nose or mouth.
  • Direct contact with the patient or their body fluids, particularly oral or respiratory secretions must be avoided.
  • Wear disposable gloves while handling the patient. Follow hand hygiene each time after removing gloves.
  • Food needs to be provided in the room and utensils should be cleaned with help of soap or detergent. Wear gloves while washing these plates.
  • Effective waste disposal shall be ensured so as to prevent the further spread of infection within the household. The waste (masks, disposable items, food packets etc.) should be disposed of as per CPCB guideline

All other guidelines for the medical treatment of COVID positive patients are listed in the PDF below. This includes the eligibility of home-isolated patients, monitoring charts and state's roles, among other details. These guidelines also add that home isolation can be discontinued when the patient stops exhibiting any virus symptoms for a period of 10 days. There is no need for testing after the home isolation period is over.


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This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

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Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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