COVID-19 Related Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
There are two categories of contacts: High risk contacts and low risk contacts
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus
While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease.
Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized.
While we are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, following categories of individuals should take extra precautions as they have a higher chances of developing severe illness
All suspected (test result awaited) or confirmed cases are classified and enrolled for home isolation or COVID Care facility
Type of containment recommended
Treatment with home isolation
Treatment at dedicated one of the following Covid care facility
· COVID Care Center
· Dedicated COVID Health Center
· Dedicated COVID Hospital
*Apart from being clinically assessed as asymptomatic or having very mild/mild symptoms or being pre-symptomatic the patient must also meet the following criteria to be recommended for home isolation:
The patient must ensure that he/she has Arogya Setu app with all notifications and location tracking 24X7. Also, patient must adhere to following instructions at all times during isolation:
Caregiver’s role in home isolation is critical to the management of patient and he/she must be available to be contacted by Government representatives at all times. As caregiver would be near to patient several times during the day, he/she should strictly adhere to following instructions:
Patient / Care giver should keep monitoring their health by doing checks every night and morning or whenever they experience fever. Following are some checks that you need to regularly do:
Medical attention must be sought if serious signs or symptoms develop including:
Additionally, one may also contact the State Helpline (1075)/ District Helpline Number (1950) /(108) / e-mail [email protected] / tweet to @DC_Gurugram
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital. People who eat a well-balanced diet tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases. It is important that you discuss your dietary schedule with your doctor but some useful suggestion highlighted below:
There is no evidence at present that items imported from affected areas and shipped or mailed over the course of days or weeks are spreading COVID-19. Although studies suggest that it can live on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on surface, temperature and other environmental factors.
COVID-19 spreads mainly by droplets produced as a result of coughing and sneezing of a COVID-19 infected person. The virus also tends to stay contagious on surfaces like clothes for some time depending upon environmental conditions and exposure to heat. Therefore few things recommended for maintaining laundry hygiene in case of COVID 19 patients
Apart from personal hygiene, following are some sanitation routines that may be undertaken in homes of isolated patients
Patient under home isolation can end home isolation after:
Do take all general precautions related to COVID-19 even after the end of isolation period.
A revised discharged policy for COVID-19 cases was issued by MoHFW on 8th May 2020. Some the key highlights for discharge are -
Yes. According to the orders from office of District Magistrate Gururgram, dated 25-05-2020 it is instructed to Hospitals -
For treatment of COVID-19 patients and ensuring appropriate medical care any Hospital in the district of Gurugram shall not refuse any patient approaching them for treatment of coronavirus infection and other critical services. If any Hospital refuses treatment to any patient/patients action will be initiated against them under the Epidemic Act (1897) without prior notice.
District Gurugram has a COVID-19 Help Desk
(https://gurugram.gov.in/ncovidcoronavirus-19-help-desk/) where you can updated information related to paid institutional quarantine facilities available in the district.
If you are in a house that also has a isolation individual, that person should try as much as possible to keep their distance from the others in the house. Following are good practices to be followed:
The isolation individual should immediately isolate if they become sick and contact on the State Helpline (1075)/ District Helpline Number (1950) / (108) / e-mail [email protected] / tweet to @DC_Gurugram
The Advisory earlier issued (dated 23rd March, 2020; available at: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/AdvisoryontheuseofHydroxychloroquinasprophylaxisforSARSC oV2infection.pdf), provided placing the high risk population (asymptomatic Healthcare Workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and asymptomatic household contacts of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19) under chemoprophylaxis with HCQ.
In light of all of the above, the Joint Monitoring Group and NTF have now recommended the prophylactic use of HCQ in the following categories:
The drug is contraindicated in persons with known case of
The drug is not recommended for prophylaxis in children under 15 years of age and in pregnancy and lactation.
Rarely the drug causes cardiovascular side effects such as cardiomyopathy and rhythm (heart rate) disorders. In that situation the drug needs to be discontinued. The drug can rarely cause visual disturbance including blurring of vision which is usually self- limiting and improves on Page 3 of 4 discontinuation of the drug. For the above cited reasons the drug has to be given under strict medical supervision with an informed consent.
Home quarantine is when you remain in your home or accommodation and avoid contact with other people. Most people who need home quarantine will probably be advised to do so for 14 days.
People requiring 14 days home quarantine include but not limited to following:
Yes it is mandatory to download the Aarogya Setu App on all compatible mobile phones and the status has to be regularly updated.
For persons who do not own smartphones, the option “Aarogya IVRS 1921 service” launched by the GoI for feature phones and landlines may be utilized for sharing information about the person’s health.
All international travellers arriving in Gurugram including Indian citizens; would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days
Additionally, one may also contact the State Helpline (1075)/ District Helpline Number (1950) /
(108) / e-mail [email protected] / tweet to @DC_Gurugram
Institutional quarantine is when you have been advised by a registered medical practitioner to get admitted in a dedicated quarantine facility for a designated period of time depending upon assessment by the doctor.
There are two different types of institutional quarantine facilities:
People requiring institutional quarantine include but not limited to following:
District Gurugram has the COVID-19 Help Desk
(https://gurugram.gov.in/ncovidcoronavirus-19-help-desk/) where you can find updated information related to paid institutional quarantine facilities available in the district.
Existing reports have not detected the virus causing COVID-19 in breast milk.
Similarly, other respiratory viruses have not been transmitted in breast milk. For example, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) virus that is a similar virus has not been detected in breast milk. (Ref: CDC)
If the mother and baby are temporarily separated, the mother is encouraged to express her breast milk, and someone else, such a nurse, will feed the child.
Remind all caregivers to wash hands thoroughly before touching bottles, or feeding or caring for your baby. If you decide to breastfeed directly, take all the recommended steps to prevent the potential spread of the virus, including using a mask and following careful breast and hand hygiene.
According to the guidelines released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 24th May, 2020 - Before boarding, all travellers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days - 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self monitoring of health.
Post the completion of the mandatory period of 7 days, if the person’s COVID-19 test comes out to be negative, upon giving an undertaking to the Nodal Officer, that person may proceed for the remaining 7 day duration of the self-quarantine period at home.
In case you are a COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. Until we know more about this virus, people sick with COVID-19 should avoid contact with pets and other animals.
Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.