Govt issues new protocol for COVID-19 recovered, suggests yoga & chyawanprash

Covid-19 ‘Look for early signs monitor health,’ says Centre’s new protocol for recovering patients

Covid-19 ‘Look for early signs monitor health,’ says Centre’s new protocol for recovering patients

Yogasana, Pranayama, meditation and intake of chyawanprash are among some of the suggestions given by the Union Health Ministry in its new management protocol for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. As of now, patients who have recovered from acute COVID 19 illness have continued to report a variety of symptom like fatigue, cough, core throat etc.

"As of now, there is limited evidence of post-COVID sequelae and further research is required and is being actively pursued". It also notes that the recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered from more severe form of the disease and those with pre-existing illness. Recoveries are almost 3.8 times the active cases and under 1/4 of the total coronavirus cases reported so far, the government says. Professional work to be resumed in graded manner. In a set of fresh guidelines, the Health Ministry has recommended physical exercise and taking prescribed immunity boosting medicines after recovery.

Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 case tally continues to rise at an unprecedented pace and has touched 47,54,357, including 78,586 deaths.

-Take regular medications as advised for COVID and also for managing comorbidities, if any.

The ministry said its recommendations are aimed towards an "integrated holistic approach" for managing patients who have recovered enough from COVID-19 for care at home.

Chyawanprash 1 teaspoonful (5 mg) once daily in the morning.

Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. The doctor to be always informed about all medicines that the individual is taking (allopathic/AYUSH) so as to avoid prescription interaction, it said.

The protocol further asks recovered patients to take regular medications and advises self-health monitoring vitals at home, including temperature, blood sugar and oxygen levels.

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The protocol recommends balanced nutritious diet, adequate sleep and rest, and the use of saline gargles, steam inhalation, and herbs and spices for gargling and steam inhalation for persistent dry cough or sore throat. Add herbs/spices for gargling/steam inhalation.

Look for warning signs like high grade fever, breathlessness, weakness or unexplained chest pain.

The Ministry urged the recovered individuals to share their positive experiences with their friends and relatives for creating awareness and dispelling myths and stigma surrounding the disease. Besides, the Ministry advised for mental health support.

-Take the support of the community-based self-help groups, civil society organisations and qualified professionals for the recovery and rehabilitation process.

-Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers and counsellors.

-The first follow-up visit (physical/telephonic) should be within seven days after discharge, preferably at the hospital where he/she underwent treatment.

But one should avoid poly-therapy due to the potential for an unknown drug-drug interaction, which may lead to Serious Adverse Events (SAE) or Adverse Effects (AE), the Ministry noted in the post COVID management protocol.

Patients in home isolation should visit the nearest health facility if they complain of persisting symptoms. Stringent doctor-patient follow is required in cases where the patient underwent critical conditions due to Coronavirus.

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