New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said in its latest guideline that no person, who has come in contact with a COVID-infected patient, needs to be tested unless the person’s identity, age or Not classified in the ‘high risk’ category on the basis of comorbidity.
In an advisory on the purposeful testing strategy for COVID-19, the ICMR said that those who do not need to be tested include contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19, unless they are at high risk based on age or comorbidities. is not recognized as
ICMR said, “In addition, asymptomatic persons in community setting, patients discharged as per home isolation guidelines, patients discharged from COVID-19 facility as per revised discharge policy and those undertaking inter-state domestic travel.” There is no need to test persons with
But persons with cough, fever, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath and other respiratory symptoms should be tested, the government body said.
Other people who can be tested for COVID-19 include at-risk contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases, persons traveling internationally and international travelers arriving at Indian airports, seaports, it said. .
The ICMRE said that no emergency procedure – such as surgery and delivery – should be delayed because of the lack of a test. It states that patients should not be referred to other facilities in the absence of testing facilities.
Asymptomatic patients undergoing surgical/non-surgical procedures, including pregnant women in or near labor admitted to hospital for delivery, should not be tested unless necessary or symptoms develop.
first published:Jan. 11, 2022, 8:39 a.m.