Health ministry guidelines on co-infection of Covid-19, seasonal diseases

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/14/2020 10:12:49 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 13: The Health Ministry on Tuesday issued 12-page detailed guidelines for management of the co-infection of Covid-19 with other seasonal epidemic diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Seasonal Influenza, Chikungunya, and Enteric Fever.
It warned that the seasonal diseases can poses challenges in clinical and laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 and as such concerted efforts are required in prevention, surveillance, behaviour change communication and management of such cases.
It said constant vigil and awareness of the possibility of co-infections can help physicians avert the adverse outcome of cases with co-infection and improve clinical outcomes.
The Ministry has already alerted the states to effectively use their resources through integrated surveillance, vector control measures, vaccination and use of insect repellents to prevent the seasonal diseases.
The guidelines say co-infection should be ruled out when suspected with proper diagnostic method at the early stage to initiate proper specific management to reduce morbidity and mortality. Mild to moderate Dengue and COVID co-infected patient should be monitored closely preferably
at hospital, as they may rapidly progress to severe stage therefore they should be referred to higher centre at the early stage by recognizing warning signs.
Specifying the therapeutic treatment and management of seasonal influenza and Covid co-infection, the guidelines say the testing protocol for Covid-19 will remain the same, but further tests will be required if suspected of other seasonal diseases, including scrub typhus and bacterial infection. The guidelines also detail various tests to be carried out for these diseases.



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