Overall testing for COVID-19 using real-time RT PCR is being used in the country for COVID 19 testing. At the same time, it is planned to deploy Rapid Test kits (blood based) for use in response to COVID-19 situation.
ln this regard, National Task Force deliberated with experts for ascertaining use ofthese rapid test kits. Draft of the suggested algorithm was also discussed in detail with technical experts from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and inputs were included in the final version which is feasible for implementation in the field conditions.
Advisory to start rapid antibody based blood test for COVID-19, in clusters (with containment zones), and in large migration gatherings/evacuees centres is now made available.
Cases of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) to be monitored in health facilities. Any surge in cases to be monitored and brought to the notice of Surveillance Officer/CMO for additional investigation.
As a matter of abundant precautions, all symptomatic ILI persons should be advised home quarantine for 14 days.
At facility level, symptomatic ILI individuals to be tested using rapid antibody tests.
Antibody test negative:
Antibody test positive: After clinical assessment,treatment in hospital or isolationas per protocol. Action as per protocol to be initiated for contact tracing.
If symptoms worsen, refer to designated COVID-19 hospitals.When home quarantine is not feasible, consider facility-based quarantine.
Source : Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
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