Only the patients aged 40 and below, can opt for home isolation
In a circular issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on August 19, the civic body has revised the home isolation guidelines for COVID positive patients aged 40 and above. As per the new rules, those who test positive for the coronavirus infection and are over the age of 50, must be admitted to a COVID care facility, irrespective of other medical conditions and comorbidity.
Analysing Mumbai's fatality rate among COVID-19 positive patients in the month of August has highlighted the fact that people aged between 50 to 60 account to 83% of the total deaths that are recorded due to the virus. Patients in age groups 60 and above fall in the high risk category and need authorised medical attention. Till now, the city has reported about 21,539 deaths.
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In a circular released by the BMC Executive Health Officer, the home isolation guidelines were tightened to reduce the death rate due to virus. The Public health department recommended a mandatory institutional (government or otherwise) isolation for anybody over the age of 50, regardless of any comorbidity. Any person with comorbidity, if tests positive, has to be hospitalised, irrespective of age and symptoms. Only those below the age of 40 can opt for home isolation if they have no chronic health disorders and either are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.
The BMC Executive Health Officer also said that nobody can be forced to get hospitalised in the city, however, efforts to shift people to COVID care facilities under supervised medical attention shall be taken.
The circular guidelines have been backed by a detailed study and analysis. The circular guidelines will definitely help in curbing the spike in fatality rate among patients falling under higher age groups.