This may not be news to some of you, but for those who don’t — do you know that the criteria for COVID-19 patients to be discharged has been changed?
Yep, you read it just right!! COVID-19 positive patients can be discharged if they are clinically well. But rest assured that the virus is no longer infectious.
The MOH has come to this decision after reviewing many scientific papers, and their decision is supported by clinical and scientific evidence locally and internationally.
I mean, what do you expect from the Singapore Government? Nothing but confirm-plus-chop will not fail plans 🙂
What’s the new criteria?
Patients must be:
- clinically well by day 21 of the onset of illness
COVID-19 patients who are discharged need to remain at home or at dormitories for another week (7 days), aka after day 28 of the onset of illness before being allowed back into the workforce.
Why the change in criteria?
MOH noted that COVID-19 positive patients are no longer infectious by day 21. This is supported by a position paper by physicians from the NCID.
In addition, it is advised and recommended by WHO for countries to shift from transmission-based discharge to time-based discharge for patients who are clinically well.
According to NCID executive director Professor Leo Yee Sin, the spread of the virus is the most infectious during the early onset of the illness.
According to the study by NCID, by the 21st day 68% of them cleared the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
By day 33, 95% of patients were able to clear the test.
Summarising the multiple clinical tests conducted, MOH is confident that “by the time the patients reach day 11, and by the time the patients reach 2 weeks of their clinical illness, we can no longer have any viable virus”.
But why must patients isolate themselves for 28 days when most patients are no longer infectious from day 10 or 11?
Simply put — we kiasu, kiasi. As always, better safe than sorry.
MOH is playing the safe card to ensure that there is minimal chance of transmission to keep our community safe.
AND!! Everybody is wearing masks these days and practising good hygiene. So be the good kiasu, kiaxi Singaporean and wear your masks out! (especially since CB has ended). If you need masks, hit us up @ +65 9457 2440 or call +65 6358 4231