• Joyeeta Mazumdar

Follow Through Delhi Government’s New Guideline to Be Safe From COVID-19!

It is to be informed that the Delhi government has issued new guidelines for different citizens of Delhi. We must adhere to them if we want to stay strong, safe, and healthy.


Which people are to be more cautious as per the new guidelines by DGHS (Director General of Health Services)?


As per the new guidelines, issued on 2 June 2020, most people are likely to be enrolled in the testing for COVID-19 those who:

Have any international travel history in the last approximately 14 days or so.

Have been tested confirmed from the laboratories for the ILI symptoms, that is, the influenza-like illness


Are the front-line workers like the medical staff, government servants, healthcare workers, police officers, etc., who have been involved with the regulations related to the mitigation and/or the containment of COVID-19 in Delhi.


Are patients suffering from any sort of Severe Acute Respiratory inspection, often called as SARI as well.


How can you be tested in Delhi for the Corona-virus if you think you have a cold and cough for more than 2-4 days?


Kindly note that there is hardly any provision to the testing done straight away in the Country Capital, Delhi. Thus, firstly, you need to check your body temperature for at least 24-72 hours.

Then note down all the symptoms and relate them to the current or existing ILI symptoms. Simultaneously, you have to be on call with your doctor. Keep your family doctor informed about your current situation.


This way, he will prescribe you some of the medicines to take in the 24-72 hours. After that, if the symptoms do not fade, you have to inform the doctors and the hospital of the same. Then they will initiate the process of COVID-19 testing.


Can you land up in the hospital straight away?


We all know that COVID-19 spreads through even minor human contact. That is why the government of every state and country is focusing on social distancing. Therefore, you cannot simply visit the hospital if you think you might have caught COVID-19.

Before doing so, you have to strongly inform the doctors of the hospital you are targeting to visit.


Then, they need to prepare your arrival in the hospital with utmost safety and security, which is also related to the sanitation, PPE outfits, or uniforms, clearing the floor from any other visitors or patients, to keep them safe as well.


Thus, if you are a corona virus patient, you cannot just risk other patient’s lives by entering into any of the hospitals in Delhi or around. Make sure that you inform those doctors and give them at least 30 minutes to an hour to prepare your arrival. After all, it’s the major of everyone’s safety.


How can you keep yourself safe by self-quarantine?


Those patients who have an international or even national travel history are most prone to Corona virus. Therefore, now cities and states are coming up with guidelines similar to the home-quarantine or self-quarantine.


The same applies to those who are in Delhi. So, while you are in Delhi and have travelled anywhere recently, it is mandatory that you home-quarantine yourself for at least 14-17 days.


You have to constantly monitor yourself, get in touch with the COVID-19 Delhi helpline, call your doctors, and inform them about your self-quarantine situation.


Most importantly, you must also maintain a safe distance from your family members if you are not living alone. It would be best if you suggest even your family members do self-quarantine for 14-17 days with you because they might be prone to the virus that you might have brought along with your travel back to Delhi.


What other patients are more prone to COVID-19?


The DGHS guidelines have also mentioned that patients who have diabetes and hypertension, or those who are senior citizens, and those who have any type of cancer are also highly vulnerable to become a victim of Coronavirus.


These patients are liable to be tested for Coronavirus after coming into contact with any other COVID-19 patient every 5 to 10 days in Delhi.


What are the guidelines for the hotspots or containment areas?


Every hotspot or quarantined area in Delhi that has ongoing ILI symptoms or the influenza-like illness symptoms are bound to be tested for COVID-19 every now and then, as the cases arise or the symptoms occur or are reported.


What are the guidelines for hospital patients in Delhi?


Kindly, note that every patient, hospitalised in Delhi, having any cough and cold along with acute respiratory issues and 38C body temperature must be immediately sent for the testing of COVID-19.

This is important because these symptoms relate to SARI or ILI, the two new pillars of deciding more accurate the current COVID-19 cases in Delhi, which has already seen a spike in the active cases for the past few weeks.


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