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Guidelines issued for home-based Covid treatment

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Guidelines issued for home-based Covid treatment

The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines and follow-up procedures for home-based treatment for Covid-19 patients with mild or asymptomatic cases to prevent virus transmission to family members and others.

Patients whose temperature is lower than 37.5 degrees Celsius and without running noses, sore throat or cough are not required to take medication.

Adult patients or children over 30kg who has a temperature over 37.5C with muscle pain and sore throat are advised to take 500 milligrammes of Paracetamol three times a day. Children weighing 20-29kg shall take 300 milligrammes of Paracetamol three times a day.

Adult patients and children aged 6 and over who develop other symptoms such as stuffy and running nose and cough are advised to take eight milligrammes of Bromhexine three times a day, or alternatively 10 milligrammes of Cetirizine one time a day.

Patients should stay in a separate room with good ventilation, wear a mask, wash hands frequently with soap or alcohol sanitiser, keep a distance of at least 2m from others, consume nutritious food and more water.

Patients have to follow up on their health conditions regularly and refrain from all kinds of alcoholic drinks. They should use materials and do the laundry separately from family members. Their waste must also be sorted from others.

The health ministry permitted home-based treatment for mild or asymptomatic cases in Phnom Penh after introducing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on June 20.

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