New Delhi: Strengthening its fight against the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research has revised its guideline on testing people. All hospitalised patients with fever, cough, severe acute respiratory illness, shortness of breath will be tested. “Community transmission of the disease has not been documented until now. Once community transmission is documented, the above testing strategy will undergo changes to evolve into stage-appropriate testing strategy,” the advisory said. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Cites Example of Natwest Trophy Final Partnership of Yuvraj Singh-Mohammad Kaif to Fight Coronavirus
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1. All asymptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days: They should stay in home quarantine for 14 days. They should be tested only if they become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing) – All family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined
2. All symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.
3. All symptomatic health care workers.
4. All hospitalised patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever AND cough and/or
shortness of breath).
5. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact. Direct and high-risk contact include those who live in the same household with a confirmed case and healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO
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