Vietnam decides to treat low-risk Covid-19 patients at home

By Viet Tuan   December 2, 2021 | 03:45 am PT
Vietnam decides to treat low-risk Covid-19 patients at home
A medic guides a Covid-19 patient isolated at home in HCMC's Thu Duc City on the medicine she should take, September 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Covid-19 patients who are under 49, fully vaccinated, and have no underlying diseases can be self-isolated, the Health Ministry has ruled.

Those patients will be taken care of by mobile task forces in their localities and provided with medicine, the ministry ruled Wednesday.

It also classified other types of patients.

The "medium-risk group" comprises people from 50 to 64 that have got two vaccines doses and suffer no chronic diseases, and those from three months to 49 that have yet to be fully vaccinated. They should be admitted to district-level Covid-19 quarantine facilities if they show symptoms of fever, coughing, a sore throat and breathing difficulties.

In case those facilities are full, they could be isolated at home if local health authorities keep a close eye on the patients.

The "high-risk group" comprises people over 65 that have been fully vaccinated, people with chronic diseases and fully vaccinated, those aged from 50 to 64 that suffer no chronic disease but have yet to be fully vaccinated, pregnant women, women that have just given birth, and babies under three months.

This group must be treated at hospitals equipped with medical oxygen systems and anti-inflammatory drugs for respiratory failure.

The "very-high risk group" are those over 65 with chronic diseases or yet to be fully immunized. They must be admitted to hospitals designated for severe patients where they can easily access the ICU when necessary.

In the guidance on Covid-19 treatment issued in July, the ministry ruled low-risk patients still need to be taken to hospital or quarantine facilities.

Ho Chi Minh City and several other southern localities have already let low-risk Covid-19 patients be isolated at home, with the model applied on a small scale in Hanoi and Da Nang.

Vietnam currently has more than 234,000 Covid-19 patients under treatment.

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