More vaccinated Covid-19 patients, infected kids aged 5 and above can recover at home

10/9/2021 11:36:00 AM

More vaccinated Covid-19 patients, infected kids aged 5 and above can recover at home

More vaccinated Covid-19 patients, infected kids aged 5 and above can recover at home

A programme to let fully vaccinated Covid-19 patients with mild or no symptoms recover at home will be expanded from next week to become the default care arrangement for more patients, starting with those who are younger and to eventually include individuals up to 50 years of...

"This is because these individuals are generally well with no or mild symptoms and are able to self-care at home," said MOH....

"Once notified of their Covid-19 positive results, these individuals should immediately self-isolate at home." Co-morbidity refers to the presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said during a press conference by the Covid-19 task force on Friday that the pivot to home recovery is very important as this will free up hospital beds for those who really need medical attention.While he had wished there was more time to expand the home recovery pilot before making a bigger move,"we have no time to do that (and) we will implement in the next few days", he added.This is as the coming weeks will be a critical period where rising infections might translate into greater demand for ICU beds, said MOH.

It estimated that Singapore will soon reach more than 1,000 daily cases, given the current trajectory and intensified testing."Today, the large majority of infected patients are in hospital more for observation (and) most are discharged uneventfully," Mr Ong noted.To qualify for the scheme, a fully vaccinated patient must have a suitable home setting where they can be isolated from the rest of their household.This includes having a room with an attached toilet.Their household members must also be fully vaccinated and not belong to any vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

These individuals will be equipped with care packs to monitor their symptoms, and be given access to 24/7 telemedicine support for any medical assistance.On the issue of younger Covid-19 patients, MOH said parents have been making requests to bring their infected children home as they are often well with no symptoms."We have been careful and admitting children to hospitals to provide them with dedicated medical care," said MOH."However, we will now allow and encourage parents to bring their infected children home, if they are at least five years-old and do not have co-morbidities or underlying illnesses." These children will first be assessed by the hospital.

If they are deemed to be clinically fit for home recovery, they will be allowed to recover at home.MOH also said on Friday that it has shortened the length of isolation for fully vaccinated Covid-19 cases since Tuesday, due to evidence that vaccinated individuals recover faster than those who are unvaccinated.These cases may be discharged as early as seven days into their illness if they have undetectable or very low viral loads, which indicate that they are no longer infectious, said the ministry.Unvaccinated persons will continue to be discharged from isolation from 14 days into their illness.These changes will not apply to dormitory residents for now due to the larger risk of transmission given the density of their living arrangements, MOH added.

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