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When to stay home or go to quarantine facility? QC updates guidelines for COVID-19 case management

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The local government of Quezon City has issued an updated set of guidelines for the management of COVID-19 cases as more information emerges about the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Under Memorandum No. 04-22 Guidelines for Community Case Management for COVID-19 Program, close contacts who are exposed to suspect, probable, and confirmed COVID-19 cases, and are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, are also required to monitor their health in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, individuals who are suspect, probable, or confirmed COVID-19 cases belonging to vulnerable groups such as the elderly and with comorbidities, pregnant, children, and the unvaccinated, or those who have moderate or severe symptoms, will be prioritized and transferred to city-owned hospitals or HOPE Community Care Facilities.

“It has been reported to us that the majority of recent cases of COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. These cases usually recover with minimal intervention and may be managed at home under proper medical guidance and monitoring,” said Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Patients who will quarantine at home will receive a home care package consisting of a home care kit, a hygiene kit, a home care instructions handbook, daily monitoring, and food assistance.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 positive patients will receive the homecare kitt for COVID-19 positive patients which consists of alcohol, oral rehydration salts, pulse oximeter, vitamins, and medicines for adults and children, in addition to all the items included in the basic home care kit.

“Through these kits, our affected citizens will have one less thing to worry about. They can refocus their energies on their recovery and on making sure that the people around them are safe from the virus,” said Belmonte.