New Delhi: As positive cases of Coronavirus alarmingly rise up in India, the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) is rethinking of revising all its testing strategies and has asked hospitals to now test all those patients hospitalized with severe acute respiratory illness (fever and cough and/or shortness of breath). It has also asked to test those asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts that have come in touch with a confirmed case.
Such persons will have to be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in contact of a COVID -19 positive person. “Direct and high-risk contact includes those who live in the same household with a confirmed case and healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO recommendations.”
The initial strategy of testing those with a travel history and showing symptoms, and those who came in contact with persons having a travel history will continue.